Maj-Gen. Babagana Monguno (retd), the National Security Adviser (NSA), has stated that the gubernatorial and state house of assembly elections scheduled for March 18 is more complicated and different, but security agencies do not envisage electoral violence or disruption of the process.
Monguno stated this at the Inter-Agency Consultative Committee on Election Security (ICCES)in Abuja on Tuesday, March 14.
According to him, different meetings have been going on, especially with the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) and the Inspector of Police (IGP)
“The elections of Saturday are going to be much more complicated, and contextually different. First of all, we are going to have 1,021 constituencies which mean more people interested, and more people to vote. Obviously, the dynamics would be much more different than the elections that were just concluded.
For the security agencies, I know a lot has been done. I have been talking with the CDS, and with the IGP, who is the head of the lead agency in the process of elections. So far, so good, we do not envisage anything that is going to be terrible or apocalyptic in the next few days. But that does not mean that we should all do away with our state of readiness. We must comply with the rules. We must also allow everyone to exercise their fundamental rights as citizens of this country,” Monguno said
He also urged political parties and candidates to demonstrate high levels of discipline and maturity during and after the polls, especially by calling their supporters to order.
“While commending the efforts of the various political parties and the individuals that participated in the last elections, especially those of them that called for peace and calm, I want to also urge same individuals, especially at the state level to demonstrate the same level of maturity, discipline by calling their supporters to conduct themselves in a manner that is congruent with the expectations of a larger Nigerian society.
Of course, there are channels for laying and addressing complaints. What we do not want to happen is for anybody to take the law into his or her own hands. We are going to give the maximum support to all entities involved in this process. And we are also calling on political parties to call their people to order.”