Anambra Guber: President Buhari Charges Service Chiefs To Ensure Hitch-free Election


President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered service chiefs to ensure that the Anambra governorship election slated for November 6 is conducted hitch-free. The National Security Adviser (NSA), Babagana Monguno, while briefing journalists on Thursday about the outcome of the security meeting the service chiefs had with Buhari at the presidential villa, said the president gave the order in response to the heightened security challenges in Anambra. Monguno said, “The President has directed that under no circumstances will anything be allowed to stop the elections from taking place successfully. The people have a right to vote and select their leader. “No group or individual will be allowed to stimulate anarchy and chaos, leading to murderous activities.
“The President has made it very clear that the Armed Forces and all law enforcement agencies must make sure that the elections take place even if it means overwhelming the entire environment with the presence of security agencies. “There are so many implications for elections to be sabotaged by non-state actors; in the first place, we are in a democracy, secondly it is important to note that if these non-state actors should succeed in destroying the potentials for orderly elections, then it is natural that other parts of the country would also want to copy this same situation.”

He further stated that in the last two months, the military has recorded a lot of successes in the fight against insurgency in the North-East zone of the country which put pressure on the ISWAP and the Boko Haram Islamic terrorists.

“The fact again is that the armed forces, the land forces have done an excellent job because in the span of one month we have been able to take out the leadership of the Islamic State of West African Province (ISWAP) – that is Abu Musab Al-barnawi.
“Two days ago, the man who succeeded him, one Malam Bako, one of the prominent leaders of the Shura Council of the Islamic State of West African Province, was also taken out.

“They are also contending with leadership crisis. You know these things are also accompanied with inherent issues of trust, conflicts, mutual suspicion and other things.

He added that, the operations being conducted by the armed forces in the Northern parts of the country put a lot of pressure on ISWAP, Boko Haram and also the tangential group known as Islamic State in the Greatest Sahara.”

The Minister of Police Affairs, Maigari Dingyadi, has said the force is ready to ensure peace in Anambra and other parts of the country.

“In particular, we talked about the Anambra governorship election coming on the 6th of November and we want to assure the people of the state and all Nigerians that the government is committed to conducting that election,” he said.

“The election has to be free and fair. We are going to put every machinery in place to ensure that people are well secured. That is the only way to ensure that we promote democracy and good governance in this country.”