The National Security Adviser, Major General Babagana Monguno (retd), told Nigerians on Thursday that the 2023 general elections would take place and be held in a secure environment in response to the recent wave of insecurity around the nation.
He said that Major General Mohammodu Buhari (retired), the President, had directed the police and other security services to reassess their operational tactics and put an end to the security issues that threatened the elections in 2023.
The Nigerian Police Force’s workshop on election security management, titled “The 2023 General Elections: Enhancing National Security Capacity for a Secure and Credible Electoral Process in Nigeria,” opened with a speech by Muguno.
He added that the results of the elections in 2023 would be acceptable to the general public and that there would be no rigging or other sorts of manipulation.
According to Professor Mahmood Yakub, the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, the deployment and implementation of election preparations represent the broadest mobilization that might take place in a nation, peacetime or otherwise.
Yakubu referred to the country’s elections as massive, noting that the 2023 elections in Nigeria would require managing the logistics for the staff’s deployment to 176,846 Polling Units spread across 8,809 electoral Wards, 774 Local Areas, 37 States of the federation, and the Federal Capital Territory in addition to recruiting and training staff.
General Lucky Irabor, the Chief of Defence Staff, promised in his remarks that the military will provide the assistance required for the police and the INEC to successfully hold the elections in 2023.
Usman Baba, the Inspector General of Police, stated earlier that the growth of democratic culture around the world depends on effective election security governance.