The Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) has been instructed to convene a meeting to address emerging concerns ahead of the 2023 general election.
Earl Osaro Onaiwu, the founding director general of the NGF and chairman of the Governors’ Mandate Group, offered the advice in an interview with reporters on Friday.
Onaiwu said that as election activities got underway, state governors, as custodians of political processes at the subnational level, should come together to analyze the myriad threats facing the state system, compare notes and propose possible political and security solutions to neutralize the challenges.
The astute politician concluded that the threats from non-state actors such as insurgents, bandits, militants and secessionists were inevitable. He said the current reality in Nigeria is that armed men control large swaths of Nigerian territory, a situation that could seriously compromise the integrity of the election.
“We are hearing cases of arsonists at INEC facilities in the Southeast. Police and other security services are not even spared.
“As of today, there are entire local governments and federal highways where people are afraid to go because of banditry.
“These are places where elections should be held, but with the prevailing conditions, they leave much to be desired,” Onaiwu said.
However, the Public Relations strategist believes governors can offer a quick panacea out of the conundrum with “critical thinking and frank conversation.”
“I know my governors, many of them know their field and under the right atmosphere and support these challenges can be effectively addressed before the election,” he said.
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