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President Buhari has handed down though warning against those perceived to be destroying physical infrastructure, killing Nigerians and making the country ungovernable as the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission Chairman, Prof Mahmood Yakubu table situation report to him at the statehouse yesterday.

Professor Yakubu was said to have tabled the challenging security situation threat to its facilities all around the country to the president.

In his remarks, Yakubu said that so far, there had been 42 cases of attacks on INEC offices nationwide, since the 2019 general elections.

He said, “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.

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.”

But responding President Buhari warned people behind security problems in the country, saying he would soon be hard on them.

The President told the chairman that the service chiefs and the Inspector-General of Police had been changed, “and we will demand security from them.”

Buhari also said people misbehaving in certain parts of the country were too young to understand the travails and loss of lives during the Nigerian Civil War.

After his meeting with the INEC chairman and commissioners on Tuesday, Buhari issued a stern warning to  those who were eager to decimate the country by promoting insurrection and burning down critical national assets.

He said, “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 have given them enough time.”

Speaking on the dangers that the burning of INEC facilities would pose to the 2023 general elections, Buhari said he would give the electoral commission all it needed to operate.

“We will fully support INEC 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,” he said.

Buhari also said secessionists were too young to know loss of lives and other tragedies that attended the Nigerian civil war of 1967 to 1970.

But the opposition Peoples Democratic Party says otherwise.

 in its reaction, the Party rather advised the President to stop issuing threat and act decisively to end insecurity in the country.

Since the President’s reelection in 2019, the insecurity in the country has worsened with many parts of the North-East under attack by the Boko Haram insurgents.

Others zones, which were hitherto peaceful, have been witnessing kidnapping and killings by armed herdsmen and bandits.

The PDP in its reaction to the  President’s statement asked him to match his words with actions and lead the fight against insecurity from the front.

National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan, stated this in an interview with one of our correspondents.

He said, “On the issue of security, the expectation of Nigerians is that Mr. President should lead the battle against insecurity from the front like he promised during his electioneering.

“But the inactions of Mr President today are responsible for the deluge of insecurity that has affected our nation. The expectation of Nigerians furthermore, is that these challenges should not be limited to the issues of lip talk; rather, they should be confronted so that Nigerians can sleep with their two eyes closed.”

On the 2023 elections, the PDP spokesperson said, “The least Nigerians expect from the President for INEC to function optimally, is for him to revisit the Electoral Act amendment which he refused to assent to.

https://467081bc16ef59efb7bcb43c77c674ab.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html “He should dust it up and return it to the National Assembly if there are further amendments they should be included. Let them work on it and return it to him to sign into law so that our elections will be better.

“Mr President should also encourage INEC to institutionalise the electronic transfer of results in order to forestall problems that arise in the process of collation. This is not too much to ask.

 “As a political party interested in the corporate existence of this great country, we are prepared like we have always done, to offer advice and assist in every legitimate way to help Nigeria overcome its challenges.”

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