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NSA: Polls will not be disrupted — I have confidence in security agencies

NSA: Polls will not be disrupted — I have confidence in security agencies
February 07
22:43 2023

Babagana Monguno, the national security adviser (NSA), says he has confidence in security agencies to ensure the forthcoming elections hold in a secure atmosphere.

Monguno spoke on Tuesday during a meeting with Mahmood Yakubu, chairperson of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), who visited his office in Abuja.

The NSA said the meeting was to convened due to the apprehension and uncertainty over the 2023 general election.

“There’s a need for me to reassure citizens of this country that whatever fears they have, I want to dispel. The 2023 elections will go on in a climate devoid of rancor. The security agencies have done a lot in the last couple of months to put things in place,” he said.


“We know what we have done. We’re sure of what we have on the ground. All of us here who are the managers of securing the electoral process know our responsibilities and what we will do. But we need to let the entire country know that we see stories by agents of bad news on social media. If these things are intended to scare people, I want to dispel such illusions.

“Anybody that is concerned with carrying out his legitimate undertaking, casting his votes, will do so in a secure atmosphere. It is very important that Nigerians are not pushed to the limit where they will abandon their number one responsibility as citizens. I have confidence in security and intelligence agencies.

“The Nigeria Police Force is the lead agency and it has assured all of us repeatedly during meetings and I believe all other security agencies are up to the task. The remaining 17 days to the election will be a period of intensified activity between all of us.”


Also speaking, the INEC chairperson thanked the NSA for his assurance, adding that the commission is aware that additional security has been deployed to the commission’s facilities nationwide.

“We also note the increasing tempo of activities in many troubled spots nationwide,” he said.

“We are confident that these actions will further reassure voters, our personnel, service providers, and stakeholders of their safety during elections and a free, fair and peaceful process.

“We look forward to a comprehensive plan for the deployment of security personnel.”



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