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2023: Security Agencies Put Governors, Politicians On Watch List

2023: Security Agencies Put Governors, Politicians On Watch List

Less than three months to the presidential election, security agencies are beaming their searchlight on state governors over some of their undemocratic tendencies.

On Thursday, the national security adviser (NSA), Babagana Monguno, warned state governors using thugs and other tactics to prevent the opposition from executing political campaigns in their states to desist, warning that security agencies have been mandated to deal with them.

He gave the warning during the weekly Ministerial Briefing organised by the Presidential Communication Team at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The NSA, who used the platform to reel out the programme of, and achievements of, President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration in the security sector, was reacting to a question about a pattern gaining grounds in states in which governors now introduce actions that target campaign structures of opposition politicians within their domains.

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Monguno, who described the trend as a manifestation of an inferiority complex in those guilty of the offense, however, warned the governors to “call their Capo regime to order because when we move, there will be no hiding place.”

Fielding questions on why state governors are not allowing opposition political parties to campaign in their states and even pull down their campaign posters, the NSA stated that the phenomenon is not new but goes back to the First and Second Republics.

Reacting to a question on the possibility of the general elections being hampered by violence and other forms of threat, Monguno said no amount of security threats will stop the process from going on as planned, as President Buhari had vowed to deliver a free, fair and transparent election.

Meanwhile, the Nigerian Delegation at the Parliament of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has said that the insecurity that beset the country in the last couple of years is declining as revealed in the third quarter security data.

The lawmakers disclosed this when they presented the Nigerian Country Report before the ECOWAS Parliament yesterday at the ongoing 2022 2nd Ordinary Session of the Parliament in Abuja.

Hon. Lynda Ikpeazu, who presented the report, said improvement in the security situation of the country has also triggered good achievements in other sectors of the country such as the economy and political situations.

Ikpeazu however, noted that Nigeria is still experiencing some security challenges but the reduced incidents have been linked on one hand to the Federal government’s approval of 2.6-billion-naira intervention.

She said the frequency of strategy meetings by the National Security Council presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari had led to the implementation of a sustainable security framework.

2023: Security Agencies Put Governors, Politicians On Watch List

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