Foreign election observers raise alarm, says churches, mosques targeted for bombing

Foreign election observers raise alarm, says churches, mosques targeted for bombing

- A South Africa-based election observer body has raised alarm over an alleged plan to attack sensitive locations in Nigeria ahead of the 2019 general elections

- The election observer, Pan African Women's Project, says the attackers plan to bomb mosques, popular markets and churches

- The body called on Nigerian government to beef up security in all public areas

Alarm has been raised by a South Africa-based election observer body, Pan African Women's Project, over an alleged plan to attack sensitive locations in Nigeria ahead of the forthcoming 2019 general elections.

The alarm was raised in Kano on Tuesday, February 19, by the publicity secretary of the body, Mphoentle Keitseng, who said the body had classified information on the planned attack, Daily Trust reports.

Legit.ng notes that Keitseng said: ”Following some classified information that reached us, planned attacks/bomb explosions at some sensitive locations in some areas are targeted at mosques and popular markets as well as churches.

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“This is a message to Nigerian government, we are using this medium to speak with the Nigeria government to beef up security in all public areas such as mosques, churches and markets for protection.

”Following our consultation with various stakeholders with regards to the recent postponement of the 2019 general elections, we observed that the Nigerian government did not release the INEC fund on time which resulted in supply not being made to produce materials as expected for the elections.”

Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that two international election observers, the National Democratic Institute (NDI) and International Republican Institute (IRI), threw their weight behind the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)’s postponement of the 2019 general elections.

The observers in a joint statement sent to journalists on Monday, February 18 by Tony Awesu, head of media of NDI, said INEC's decision would ensure credible polls.

According to Awesu, NDI/IRI fully endorsed the postponement of the 2019 elections in Nigeria and will continue to support Nigeria’s democratic development.

He said: “IRI and NDI mission appreciates INEC’s commitment to hold credible elections; we understand it is better to delay the elections than to disenfranchise voters due to logical obstacles.

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“NDI and IRI regret that INEC underestimated the challenges associated with the administration of the elections, leading to the decision to postpone them.

“As we have done in past three pre-election statements issued between July and December 2018, we urge INEC to ensure transparency and better communicate electoral processes, to build trust of Nigerians."

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