- Security chiefs have warned that the security security situation can affect 2019 general elections
- The chiefs said stringent and decisive measures should be taken to address the situation in the interest of the country
- They were said to have made it clear that the support of stakeholders in the country was required to salvage the situation
Nigeria's insecurity could have a negative effect on 2019 general elections according to top security chiefs.
The security chiefs were said to have disclosed this to participants at the just-concluded national security summit organised by the Senate in Abuja.
They were said to have cautioned that stringent and decisive measures should be taken to address the situation in the interest of the country, the Nation reports.
The news outlet also reported that the security chiefs while briefing senators and other stakeholders behind closed doors at the Nigeria Air Force Conference painted a bad picture of the evolving scenario.
They are said to have warned of dire consequences if nothing was done urgently to arrest the situation.
Sources said the chiefs said unless decisive action was taken to arrest the worrisome clashes between “farmers and herdsmen, kidnappings, terrorism and other social vices, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) might be hindered in its plan for the elections".
It was also reported that the security chiefs said the support of stakeholders in the country was required to salvage the situation.
“It was a frank talk. Heads of all the security agencies briefed us. You know it was a closed-session and many things were said which I cannot relay to you. We were scared about some of the things we heard. They were indeed scary and must be taken seriously.”
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Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) on Thursday, February 8, said it had been mandated to provide special security for the federal government’s proposed cattle colonies, expressing its resolve to discharge its mandate creditably.
Vanguard reported that commandant general of the Corps Abdullahi Muhammadu Gana, stated this at the decoration of 57 of the newly promoted 3,983 staff of the NSCDC in Abuja. NSCDC said:
''We have been given the mandate to provide security to cattle colonies, ranches or whatever you may wish to call them."
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