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Service chiefs urged to assure Nigerians of peaceful polls

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By Abdulwahab Abdulah

Lagos—Some pro-democracy activists under the aegis of Nigerians United for Democracy, NUD, have called on the security chiefs to give an undertaking on the conduct and certainty of the rescheduled March 28 poll.

Badeh, Defence Chief; Minimah, Army Chief; Amosu, Airforce Chief and Jibrin, Naval Chief
Badeh, Defence Chief; Minimah, Army Chief; Amosu, Airforce Chief and Jibrin, Naval Chief

The call was sequel to the anxiety generated by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Chairman’s Prof Atahiru Jega’s statement which indicated that only the service chiefs could guarantee that the rescheduled elections would hold.

Addressing a press conference in Lagos, the national coordinator of the group, Mr. Femi Falana, SAN, submitted that Nigerians are “worried that the new election dates are not sacrosanct.”

According to him, with Jega’s statement before the Senate, “we are compelled to call on the National Assembly to extract a form undertaking from the NSA and the security chiefs that the General Elections would not be further postponed or disrupted.”

Also, the group called on the INEC and the military to ensure that the recent judgment of the Court of Appeal to the effect that the armed forces have no role to play in the electoral process was obeyed.



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