He The World Institute for Peace has lamented the wave of electoral violence in the country ahead of the 2023 elections.
He also criticized the country’s security agencies for their inability to stop the scourge that, he said, could have a negative impact on the elections.
Speaking on Saturday, the institute’s director in Nigeria, Lamina Omotoyosi, called on the president, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (ret.) to activate the state machine proactively, saying election violence has persisted for too long in the country.
Omotoyosi said: “As the country approaches the 2023 presidential election, the federal government must put measures in place to stop any act of political violence. The way political thugs are ganging up in the country, especially in Oyo and Osun states, is becoming unbearable and this needs very strong action to stop its growth.
“We must register our discontent with the inability of security agencies, especially the Nigerian Police, to contain cases of electoral violence in the country.”
He also said that all forms of violence must be addressed before any election to ensure a peaceful, fair and democratic process of electing the leaders of any country.
“In addition, the free hand given to political thugs to operate in the Southwest, banditry in the North, as well as the activities of unknown gunmen in the Southeast, pose threats to the hope of peaceful, credible and free elections,” he said. aggregate.
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