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Cheapening of lives in Nigeria

AS at Friday, March 15, 2019, the official count of the dead from the collapsed school building on Massey Street, Lagos Island, had reached 20, while 45 injured persons were still in various hospitals.

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Limiting number of political parties

Apart from increasing the cost of our elections, it led to the printing of ballot papers that were so long they were difficult to handle. This obviously accounted for the large number of invalid and cancelled ballots which, in turn, resulted in an unprecedented number of inconclusive elections, especially during the Governorship and State Houses of Assembly elections.

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The Military and Our Elections

Shortly before the rescheduled Presidential and National Assembly elections, Buhari deployed the military and ordered them to be ruthless with ballot box snatchers and ensure election riggers “paid with their lives”. Responding, the Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen Tukur Buratai, affirmed that the Army would carry out the President’s order in line with constitutional injunctions.

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Election

Securing NYSC members as INEC ad-hoc staff

During the Presidential and National Assembly elections on February 23, 2019, among scores of people killed was an ad hoc electoral officer of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Ms. Ibisiki Amachree, who was reportedly hit by a stray bullet in Rivers State. About 13, 637 corps members were mobilised as INEC ad hoc staff for the 2019 general elections.

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Let there be peace

THE Presidential and National Assembly elections have come and gone. Winners and losers as announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, have also emerged. The winner of the presidential election, President Muhammadu Buhari, has already been issued with his Certificate of Returns by INEC.

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