Babagana Monguno, the National Security Adviser (NSA) has reassured Nigerians that the forthcoming elections will be held in a secure atmosphere.
Speaking during a meeting with Mahmood Yakubu, chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Tuesday, February 7, the NSA said the security agencies in the country have done a lot in the last couple of months to put things in place.
?There?s a need for me to reassure citizens of this country that whatever fears they have, I want to dispel. The 2023 elections will go on in a climate devoid of rancor. The security agencies have done a lot in the last couple of months to put things in place.
?We know what we have done. We?re sure of what we have on the ground. All of us here who are the managers of securing the electoral process know our responsibilities and what we will do. But we need to let the entire country know that we see stories by agents of bad news on social media. If these things are intended to scare people, I want to dispel such illusions.
?Anybody that is concerned with carrying out his legitimate undertaking, casting his votes, will do so in a secure atmosphere. It is very important that Nigerians are not pushed to the limit where they will abandon their number one responsibility as citizens. I have confidence in security and intelligence agencies.
?The Nigeria Police Force is the lead agency and it has assured all of us repeatedly during meetings and I believe all other security agencies are up to the task. The remaining 17 days to the election will be a period of intensified activity between all of us.?