The president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, passed a resounding warning to those he labelled as promoters of insurrection saying a rude shock awaits them.
The so-called group has been responsible for destroying national assets. Buhari spoke after receiving information from Prof Mahmood Yakubu, the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Recently, there have been series of attacks on INEC facilities around the country. Buhari said:
“I receive daily security reports on the attacks, and it is very clear that those behind them want this administration to fail…Insecurity in Nigeria is now mentioned all over the world.
All the people who want power, whoever they are, you wonder what they really want. Whoever wants the destruction of the system will soon have the shock of their lives. We’ve given them enough time,”
Drawing from 2019 election campaign, when Buhari visited the 36 states in Nigeria, he emphasized that “…majority of the people believed me, and the election proved it.” In his speech, he reassured the people that he would continue to rule in line with Constitutional provisions.
According to the president, Easterners clamouring for secession to calve out Biafra are still young to understand the consequences of war pointing out the Nigerian Civil War popularly known as the Biafran War (1967-1970) that caused so many their lives.
“Those of us in the fields for 30 months, who went through the war, will treat them in the language they understand. We are going to be very hard sooner than later.”
Addressing Insecurity In Nigeria
He said the service chiefs and the IG (inspector-general) of police have been recently replaced saying “…we will demand security from them.”
He also informed INEC that all their needs will be met “so that no one would say we don’t want to go, or that we want a third term. There will be no excuse for failure. We’ll meet all INEC’s demands.”
With 42 cases of attacks on INEC offices nationwide since the last general elections, people now fear what 2023 elections will turn out to look like.
According to the INEC chairman, “Most of the attacks happened in the last seven months, and they are unrelated to protest against previous elections. From the pattern and frequency of the most recent attacks, they appear to be targeted at future elections. The intention is to incapacitate the Commission, undermine the nation’s democracy and precipitate a national crisis.”
By Elijah Christopher
Elijah Christopher is a journalist at A New Touch Of Africa, he is also a creative writer, a poet, and an IT enthusiast. He contributed to the collaborative poem written in celebration of Edwin Morgan Centenary, the first Glasgow poet laureate and Scottish national poet from the University of Glasgow. He loves meeting people and learning about new places, cultures, events, and lifestyles.