June 1, 2021

Attacks on INEC offices won’t stop 2023 polls – Buhari

Muhammadu Buhari

Muhammadu Buhari

By Johnbosco Agbakwuru

PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari Tuesday threatened that the federal government has given enough time to people plotting to destroy the country by promoting insurrection and burning down critical national assets.
The President warned that very soon a rude shock awaits those that want his administration to fail.
President Buhari, who stated this when he received briefing from the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, at the First Lady Conference room, Presidential Villa, Abuja, promised to meet all the demands of the commission for the 2023 elections.
He said that the attacks on INEC facilities would not stop elections and his determination to leave office in 2023 to avoid any insinuation suggesting that he would want to extend his tenure
A statement issued by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Chief Femi Adesina stated that the INEC boss briefed Buhari on the series of attacks on the commission’s facilities across the country.
The statement quoted the President as saying, “I receive daily security reports on the attacks, and it is very clear that those behind them want this administration to fail
“Insecurity in Nigeria is now mentioned all over the world. All the people who want power, whoever they are, you wonder what they really want. Whoever wants the destruction of the system will soon have the shock of their lives. We’ve given them enough time.”
President Buhari recalled that he visited all the 36 states of the country before the 2019 election, “and majority of the people believed me, and the election proved it.” He promised to continue leading the country in accordance with Constitutional provisions.
He said those misbehaving in certain parts of the country were obviously too young to know the travails and loss of lives that attended the Nigerian Civil War.

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According to him, “Those of us in the fields for 30 months, who went through the war, will treat them in the language they understand. We are going to be very hard sooner than later.”
The President said the Service Chiefs and the Inspector General of Police have been changed, “and we will demand security from them.”
On the dangers posed to future elections by the burning of INEC facilities, President Buhari said he would give the electoral commission all it needed to operate, “so that no one would say we don’t want to go, or that we want a third term. There will be no excuse for failure. We’ll meet all INEC’s demands.”
In his briefing, Prof Yakubu said that so far, there have been 42 cases of attacks on INEC offices nationwide, since the last General Election.
“The 42 incidents so far occurred in 14 states of the Federation for a variety of reasons….Most of the attacks happened in the last seven months, and they are unrelated to protest against previous elections. From the pattern and frequency of the most recent attacks, they appear to be targeted at future elections. The intention is to incapacitate the Commission, undermine the nation’s democracy and precipitate a national crisis,” Prof Yakubu said.
Vanguard News Nigeria