Buhari tells service chiefs that nothing should stop Anambra election

The president was said to have give the order due to the the heightened security challenges in Anambra.

President Muhammadu Buhari tells service chiefs to ensure nothing stops Anambra election from holding. (TheCable)

President Muhammadu Buhari has instructed service chiefs to make sure nothing stops the November 6 governorship election in Anambra state from holding.

National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno disclosed this on Thursday, October 21, 2021, while briefing journalists about the outcome of the security meeting the president had with service chiefs.

Monguno said the president gave the order due to the heightened security challenges in Anambra.

He said, “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.

“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.”

Also speaking, the minister of police affairs, Maigari Dingyadi, said the FG is committed to conducting the election, adding that the police force is ready for the exercise.

“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,” he 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."

Dingyadi also said that the force would put every machinery in place to secure the people and ensure that the governorship election is free and fair.

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