The National Security Adviser, Major General Babagana Monguno (rtd), has issued a warning to state governors who utilise thugs to stop the opposition from putting up campaign signs in their territories, warning that security forces will soon surround them.
He stated this Thursday while moderating the ministerial briefing held at the state house. He also cautioned that when law enforcement agencies take action, there will be nowhere for the perpetrators to hide.
The NSA attributed the behaviour to what he called an inferiority complex in response to reports that state governors were enforcing laws to bar the presence of opposition campaign materials in their states.
He reminded the governors that President Muhammadu Buhari has promised that the 2023 election must be free, fair, and credible while advising them to control their thugs under what he calls a “Cabo regime.”
He reiterates the threat and assures that “they will get there” about the ongoing attacks on INEC offices, particularly after he had pledged to deal with the assailants decisively.
Earlier, Empire had reported that the Inspector-General of Police IG.P, Usman Baba, has instructed police commissioners in the 36 states to remove obstructions by governors to impede their rivals’ campaigns.
This is happening at the same time that Abdulrasheed Bawa, chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), and the IGP have vowed to detain and prosecute touts who obstruct the campaigns of opposition political parties and politicians who engage in vote-buying during the 2023 election.
The duo spoke at the 2022 political parties’ summit organised by the Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC) in Abuja.
The IGP made it clear that all police commissioners must offer protection to political parties conducting electioneering in every nook and cranny of every state.
He noted that any commissioner who failed to carry out his responsibility within the ambit of the law and decided to work with the governors would be terminated.