In order to discuss new concerns in advance of the general elections in 2023, the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) has been ordered to call a meeting.
In a Friday discussion with journalists, Earl Osaro Onaiwu, the first Director General of the NGF and head of the Governors’ Mandate Group, offered the counsel.
In order to protect political processes at the subnational level, state governors, according to Onaiwu, must gather to analyse the many threats facing the polity, compare notes, and offer potential political and security solutions. This is especially important as electioneering activities reach their peak.
The astute politician noted that the threats by non-state actors such as insurgents, bandits, militants and secessionists could not be wished away. He mentioned that Nigeria’s current reality is that gunmen are controlling large swathes of the Nigerian territory, a situation which may terribly compromise the integrity of the elections.
“We keep hearing cases of arsonist attacks on INEC facilities in the Southeast. Police and other security agencies are not even spared.
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“As of today, there are whole local governments and federal highways that people cannot dare go to because of banditry.
“These are places where elections should hold but with the prevailing circumstances, a lot is left to be desired,” Onaiwu said.
The Public Relations strategist, however, believes governors could proffer a quick panacea out of the conundrum with “critical thinking and frank talks.”
“I know my governors, many of them are familiar with their terrain and under the right atmosphere and support, these challenges can be effectively tackled before the elections,” he said.
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