- The deployment of military personnel to monitor the next general elections has been condemned by Gani Adams
- The Aare Onakakanfo of Youruba land said though there are ecurity challenges across the country, nobody can use that as a ploy to use military to undermine the nation's democracy
- According to the Yoruba leader, in a civilised clime, the police and the civil defence corps are used to monitor elections, while the military is used during wars
Iba Gani Adams, the Aare Onakakanfo of Yoruba land, has condemned the use of military personnel to monitor the forthcoming general elections.
In a statement signed by Kehinde Aderemi, the special assistant on media to the Yoruba leader, he said that the use of military in elections is not logical and only a means to undermine the country’s democracy, Independent reports.
He said: “We are not in a banana republic, whereby the FG will, strategically, foist the military on us during elections. I agree there are security challenges across the country; however, nobody can use that as a ploy to use military to undermine our democracy.
“What we are experiencing since last Saturday is not too good for us as a nation, because some politicians have perfected their plans to truncate this democracy through the back door. The whole world is watching us. Many of us put our lives on the line for us to have this democracy.
“Many people lost their lives for us to have this democracy. Our democracy came with a lot of sacrifices. In a civilised clime, the police and the civil defence corps are used to monitor elections, while the military is used during wars. The coming election is not a war, so why the directive to use military to monitor election processes?"
Adams also added that the presence of the Army during election will only contribute fear and lead to unrest, saying that it could make Nigerians lose their right to vote.
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He said: “It is scary and will definitely lead to chaos. This election should be peaceful, free and fair. We don’t want bloodbath. However, with this development, I have a feeling that many Nigerians will be disenfranchised and that can taint Nigeria’s image and it will send a wrong signal to the international community.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that Adams, on Wednesday, February 6, warned the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Mahmood Yakubu, not take away his right to vote.
He said he is yet to get his Permanent Voters Card (PVC) many months after he registered, saying that the delay is suspicious. He, however, encouraged Nigerians to be intimidate but be determined in carrying out their civic duties.
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