The operations of terrorists and members of the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) are claimed to pose a serious threat to the 2023 elections, according to General Abdulrahman Dambazau, a former chief of the army staff and minister of the interior.
He said that the lack of security would have an impact on the election, that certain villages would still be relocated, and that terrorists would continue to attack civilian targets, leading IEC officials to worry.
He spoke on Tuesday at the Blueprint Newspapers Annual Public Lecture in Abuja while presenting a paper titled “2023 Politics: National Security and Nigeria’s Stability.”
Dambazau said, “Would insecurity affect the 2023 elections? Surely it would, because some of the community would still be displaced and the terrorists would likely continue attacks on soft targets, INEC officials and ad-hoc staff would be highly apprehensive despite the assurance by the government to protect them. Access to polling units in border communities may pose some difficulties. This is a more reason adequate security must be provided.
“As we also prepare for the 2023 elections, we should also think of the possibility of an attack on the election processes by violent groups. The security threats against the 2023 elections are not limited to the activities of terror groups in the North but also the proscribed IPOB in the South East.
“The group had earlier threatened that there would be no election in the region in 2023 and insisted that all they want is to secede from Nigeria. They must not be allowed to carry out such a threat.
Furthermore, he emphasized the pressing need for change in the security industry, claiming that there is no cohesion among the numerous security organizations.