- The issue of national security would ever remain a talking point in present-day Nigeria
- The pervasive atmosphere of uncertainty has continued to take its negative toll on virtually all sectors, including politics
- There are genuine fears that the insecurity in the country may affect the 2023 general elections
An exclusive report by Daily Sun indicates that a lot of stakeholders in Nigeria are becoming increasingly skeptical about the possibility of achieving a free, fair, and credible election in 2023 amidst the worsening security situation in the country.
With the current trend of insecurity in the different geo-political zones of the country, there is a general apprehension that things could get worse before the next election.
Some prominent leaders of thought have also expressed fear that the people’s desire for a smooth change of leadership in the 2023 general elections could be marred by violence and other forms of criminalities if left unattended to by the Buhari administration.
An elder statesmen and former governor of the old Anambra state, Dr. Chukwuemeka Ezeife, said:
“I don’t think we can sustain this kind of insecurity for more than a few months. As it is now, elections may be difficult to conduct in this kind of atmosphere of insecurity. We need to pray and appeal to the conscience of everybody to think about Nigeria.”
On his part, a former minister of transport, Ebenezer Babatope, described the security situation in the country as grave and baffling.
“The current security situation is grave and baffling. Many of us are afraid to go home now. And when we go home, we pray to God to save us from Hausa/Fulani marauders.”
Also, Buba Galadima, a Peoples Democratic Party chieftain, simply dismissed the aspiration for a change of leadership and warned of the looming danger ahead.
“It is going to be extremely dangerous for every living Nigerian because these people who have not performed will try to divide us further and install their own puppet, who will close their back.”
“The security situation in the country is abnormal. It can even lead to anarchy. Nigeria is already a sick country with bad leadership. But regardless of the situation, politicians will still go for the next elections.”
Similarly, the secretary of the Ijaw Elders Forum, Mr. Efiye Bribena, said:
“With the spate of violence across the country at this time, you can only imagine the kind of election we would have in 2023. It is likely going to be an election marred with violence.”
The spokesperson for the Coalition of Northern Groups, Sulaiman Abdul-Azeez, said:
“The buildup to 2023 is not looking healthy at all.”
Recall that the Ondo state governor, Rotimi Akeredolu recently asked the federal government to tackle the deteriorating insecurity in the country.
Akeredolu, who gave the warning on Tuesday, March 23, said that the 2023 general elections might be threatened if the insecurity situation in the country worsens.
Legit.ng had previously reported that Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue said the much-talked-about 2023 general elections may never happen.
Ortom said the election not holding would become the reality in 2023 if nothing is done by the federal government about the menace of insecurity.