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NSA, LAI MOHAMMED AND ALARMS OVER THREATS TO 2019 POLLS

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Since last week, there have been disturbing official alarms being raised by the Federal Government alleging that there are plots by some unscrupulous elements in the country to organize and unleash violence with the intent of disrupting the General Elections which will commence on February 16, 2019. For obvious reason, this development is disheartening.

It is very evident that the stakes in the forthcoming elections are too high for Nigeria and her people to tolerate anything less than peaceful, free, fair and credible polls.

Three days ago, the National Security Adviser (NSA) to President Muhammadu Buhari, Babagana Monguno,
in a disquieting address, told the 36 state governors under the aegis of the Nigeria Governor’s Forum (NGF), in a crucial meeting that the forthcoming elections face the risk of being marred by violence. The newly appointed Inspector-General of Police, Muhammed Garba, also attended the meeting.

The NSA told the governors that “Reports reaching me have revealed that some individuals that are uncertain of their fate in the elections are plotting to participate in widespread violence aimed at scuttling the polls. There are indications that these unscrupulous elements are already mobilising merchants of violence, including armed bandits and terrorists to cause problems cross the country.

“I will refrain from being specific on some of the plots that have been uncovered, though the security agencies will spare no efforts in dealing appropriately with any act that can destabilise the nation. In this regard, we owe Nigerians the duty to protect and preserve their lives and property regardless of our individual or group aspirations. I wish to restate that our doors are always open to collaborate and act proactively to maintain the sanctity of Nigeria”, he said.

Interestingly, only last week, the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, raised a similar alarm that mercenaries were being mobilized to cause mayhem during the next elections in order to instigate constitutional crisis with a view to installing an interim national government. According to Mohammed, “desperate opposition is orchestrating widespread violence with a view to truncating the elections, thus triggering a constitutional crisis that could snowball into the establishment of an interim government”.

He further claimed that the Federal Government was in possession of “credible intelligence that armed bandits and Boko Haram insurgents have been mobilised to engage in massive attacks and other acts of violence in several states across the country, including Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Benue, Kano, Kaduna, Nasarawa, Plateau, Taraba, and Zamfara”.

We have pointed out earlier on this platform that the issues raised by the government are very sensitive. We are, however, amused that government has become the alarmist in its own rather crafted political theatrics. If the government has such intelligence information, does it require a press conference or special seminar before it swings into action by arresting and prosecuting suspects?

Secondly, what the government seems to have done is to engage in advance accusation and ring alarm bell. The government, without any prompting or instigation, has already plunged the nation’s democracy into a profound constitutional crisis in the judiciary. Why is it raising unnecessary alarms over what is obviously executive-instigated constitutional crisis and then blaming the opposition or some foreign elements for it?

We call on government to stop this chest game with the lives and democracy of Nigeria. This government should stop driving the country into a this looming conflagration.

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What the government seems to have done is to engage in advance accusation and ring alarm bell. The government, without any prompting or instigation, has already plunged the nation’s democracy into a profound constitutional crisis in the judiciary. Why is it raising unnecessary alarms over what is obviously executive-instigated constitutional crisis and then blaming the opposition or some foreign elements for it?

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