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NIGERIA 2015 ELECTIONS: BLOODSHED, VIOLENCE WILL COME -National Security Adviser Says

In ANYTHING on August 30, 2012 at 3:56 pm

Like it has been with all general elections since the advent of democracy, the National Security Adviser (NSA) to the president, Mr Sambo Dasuki, has warned that there could be pre and post violence in the country during the 2015 general elections.

The security adviser based his warning on the prevailing volatile security situation in the country, noting that the violence would come “with a different angle”.

“There could be possible violence but with a different angle to it, not only post-election but before and during, because of the prevailing security situation, unless the security situations get better before then” he stated.

Mr Dasuki made this known on Wednesday at the opening of a two-day workshop with the theme ‘Security Challenges of Election Management: Matters Arising from 2011 and Participating in 2015’, organized by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the Friedrich-Ebert Stiftung Foundation. He called on all security agencies to avoid post-election violence in the country.

According to the retired army Colonel “The competition among politicians may be more intense in 2015; so more tension should be expected.”

“No two elections are the same; 2015 is likely to bring new challenges” observed the NSA, but he however noted that the crises can be averted, “Nigeria can get anything right when there is determination and political will on the part of critical stakeholders to achieve success.”

“There are likely to be challenges, however how well- prepared a country may be, especially in the provision of election security. The unexpected could happen; a good example was the post-election violence, (in 2011), which was not expected, especially in context and magnitude.”

“Thorough preparation and coordination of information, strategies and operations among various security agencies would always be necessary for successful conduct of elections.”

He called for a collaborative effort between the electoral body, security agencies and Nigerians ahead of the general polls, saying “The security agencies, INEC, politicians and the general populace must harmonise their views, be on the same page, as in the case of the 2011 general elections.”

“The election must be free, fair and credible so that Nigeria could get out of a long cycle of disputed and not so credible elections. This was the message drummed into everyone’s ears before the elections” Mr Dasuki affirmed.

He expressed the confidence that the security agencies could avert the crises saying if the agencies “Bring to bear, the same level of commitment, dedication, rehearsals, preparedness, coordination, motivation and attitude to succeed, which I am confident they would, there may not be much problems.”

 

cull: channelstv

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