ENUGU, Nigeria (VOICE OF NAIJA)- A former Chief of Army staff, Abdulrahman Bello Dambazau has claimed that the activities of members of the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and bandits in the north constitute a major threat to the 2023 general elections.
The retired Army General spoke at the Blueprint Newspapers’ annual lecture in Abuja on Tuesday, saying there is need for adequate security.
Dambazau questioned, “Would insecurity affect the 2023 elections?”
“Surely it would, because some of the community would still be displaced and the terrorists would likely continue attacks on soft targets.
“INEC officials and ad-hoc staff would be highly apprehensive despite the assurance by the government to protect them. Access to polling units in border communities may pose some difficulties. This is one more reason why adequate security must be provided.”
Nigeria is currently faced with security problems across its vast territory, including banditry activities by criminal gangs.
There is also insurgency in the northeast and southeast, and a spate of mass school abductions in the northwest.