- Nigerians have been advised to shun violence ahead of the 2023 elections, because of its attendant consequences
- The advice was given by the United Nations and the Economic Community of West African States ahead of the polls
- Threats of violence during the forthcoming elections have heightened tension in the country and concerns from international observers
Jos - The United Nations and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) on Tuesday, January 17, warned Nigeria against violence in this year’s general elections.
Sa’adatu Sha’abu, who represents the United Nations Office for West Africa and Sahel, said:
“If things go wrong in Nigeria, there’ll be negative consequences for the peace and stability of the entire region.”
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Brown Odigie, the program officer, capacity building, mediation facilitation directorate, of the Department of Political Affairs, Peace and Security (PAPS) ECOWAS said:
“Nigeria has a huge population. The election can generate conflict if not effectively managed. I can assure you that no member within the zone of ECOWAS has the capacity to accommodate refugees from Nigeria.”
INEC joined in 791 pre-election suits ahead of 2023 elections, says Yakubu
Meanwhile, ahead of the general elections, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said it was joined in 791 intra-party lawsuits in different courts of law.
Premium Times newspaper reports that INEC chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu said the lawsuits involved the nomination and election of candidates by political parties.
He added that the 2023 pre-election lawsuit is 61 less than the 852 recorded in the build-up to the 2019 general elections.
2023: INEC office in Enugu attacked by unknown gunmen, policeman killed
As the election draws closer, INEC facilities continue to come under attacks by unknown gunmen.
In a recent attack at its facility in Enugu, the electoral body said one of the policemen deployed to the location was also killed and another injured.
Such attacks have caused panic among citizens as the elections are just a few weeks away.
2023: Suspected hoodlums invade, vandalise INEC office in Imo state
Earlier, there was an attack on an INEC office in Isu local government area of Imo state.
The development was confirmed by the Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state, Prof Sylvia Uchenna Agu.
According to Agu, the facility was vandalised, causing panic among residents in the area.