United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Dr. Amina Mohammed says the equal participation of women and youth in Nigerian politics was crucial for national development.

Mohammed had this to say at the State of the Nation Dialogue organized by the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, in Abuja.

Dr. Mohammed, who joined the conversation virtually, also identified factors facing the peace and security of the country, including injustice, growing social inequalities, impunity, rights violations, and the lack of economic opportunities for the citizens.

While applauding the increase in the number of registered voters from 84 million to 93 million, he denounced the prevalence of fake news, hate speech, violence against candidates and destruction of INEC property since political campaigns began.

Police Service Commission Chairman and former Police Inspector General Solomon Arase said it was the government’s responsibility to protect the lives and property of citizens and advised the incoming government to consider deploying technology in the fight against crimes

The Secretary of the Federation Government, Mr. Boss Mustapha, said that the result of the dialogue will be transmitted to the Federal Government so that it can transmit it to the incoming government.

Reporting by Ifeoma Nwovu; Edited by Fany OlumoyeJulian Osamoto & adeniyi bakare