FG Directs Security Agencies to Ensure Free and Fair Elections
The Federal Government has restated its commitment to ensuring free, fair and safe elections. The Honourable Minister of Interior, Lt Gen (rtd) Abdulrahman Bello Dambazau disclosed this in his office in Abuja.
According to him, “President Muhammadu Buhari is committed to free and fair elections in 2019 and this can only be possible if politicians give peace a chance by avoiding all forms of political thuggery and violence in their struggle to get elected”.
Gen. Dambazau pointed out that, security agencies have been directed to ensure adequate security of lives and property before, during, and even after the General Elections in line with the policy direction of President Muhammadu Buhari’s Administration.
He re-iterated that “it is prohibited for anyone to possess any type of weapon (s) during rallies or elections, the violation of which will attract arrest and possible prosecution. The Nigeria Police has been directed to ensure enforcement of law and order during such events”.
He therefore advised youth in the country not to allow themselves to be used by desperate politicians who want power at all cost and may influence them into political violence over little gratification, at the detriment of their lives and future.
The Minister commended security agencies in the country for their efforts at curtailing insurgency in the North East and all other forms of criminalities, while further assuring Nigerians of adequate security visibility to neutralise all forms of security threats that may occur, before, during and even after the general elections.
General Dambazau therefore urged Nigerians to remain calm and go about their legitimate businesses as they await the peaceful, free and fair elections.
Director (Press & Public Relations)
For: Honourable Minister