President Muhammadu Buhari has tasked Service Chief to ensure the forthcoming gubernatorial election in Anambra State takes place.
The president, according to Babagana Monguno, National Security Adviser (NSA), gave the order on Thursday while meeting with the heads of security agencies in the country.
Mr Monguno who briefed State House Correspondents after the meeting said said the president issued the directive in response to the heightened security challenges in the southeastern state.
“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,” Monguno said. “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.”
Maigari Dingyadi, minister of police affairs who attended the security meeting 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,” the minister 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.”