- ASIS International, a private security group, expressed worry over the forthcoming 2019 general elections
- The security group said how the federal government handles the crises will determine whether or not the election will hold
- It advised the government on what to do to solve the crises
Private security management professionals in Nigeria, under the aegies of American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS International) on Wednesday, July 25, expressed worry that the forthcoming 2019 general elections.
According to ASIS International, the way and manner the federal government is handling the Boko Haram insurgency and clashes between herdsmen and farmers will determine whether the 2019 general elections will hold as planned or not, Vanguard reports.
Speaking ahead of its 2018 ASIS International Security conference slated for 26th and 27th of July in Lagos, chairman, African Advisory Council of the association, Dame Victoria Ekhomu said that the government needs to understand the risk involved and manage it.
Ekhomu said: “Aside from the fact that the incident has left thousands of people dead, many people can no longer carry out their business activities. If the issue is not properly addressed, it will definitely affect coming election negatively.
“Government needs to use intelligence to understand why this group is operating, where their source of funding is coming from and take an appropriate step before the election period.”
Speaking on the forthcoming conference, Chief Executive Officer ASIS International, Peter O’Neil said: “We have highly skilled experts who will be proffer solutions on cybersecurity and impact of insecurity on the economy.”
“ASIS International is an international NGO that represents 35,000 global security practitioners, who practice in different aspects of security related.”
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NAIJ.com previously reported that the Niger Delta People Forum (PANDEF), the umbrella body of traditional rulers, leaders and stakeholders of Niger Delta region on Monday, July 23, urged President Muhammadu Buhari to caution his aides to stop insulting elder statesmen and women facilitating dialogue and understanding among the people of the different geo-political zones.
The group said that rather than seek ways of engaging the people, the presidency has chosen to disparage the elder statesmen.
PANDEF, in a statement by its national secretary, Alfred Mulade, said that Buhari should realise that Nigerians were tired of his appeals for patience and repeated assurances in the face of protracted killings ravaging different parts of the country.
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