The Commandant General of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Ahmed Abubakar Audi, Ph.D., MNI, OFR emphasised that synergy among security agencies is key to the success of the 2023 general elections.
He called on all security and law enforcement agencies in the country to come together and synergise in order to uphold, defend and sustain Nigeria’s democracy.
He reiterated that the cruciality of the 2023 general elections requires a multi-agency approach, hence, it is imperative in view of election security to be on the same page by working together to avoid unnecessary ambiguity in roles and responsibilities.
The call was made while playing host to the Country’s Director, Transparency International, Nigeria, Mr. Anwal Musa Rafsanjani at the Corps National Headquarters, Abuja.
Dr. Audi informed that, historically, elections are marred by violence but assured that the forthcoming elections will be successfully conducted against the expectations of naysayers who believe that we cannot get it right in Nigeria.
The Corps helmsman affirmed that the Corps will collaborate with civil society organisations to conscientise the populace against incitement of violence, thuggery, hate speeches, and other forms of electoral malpractices and crime.
He also assured that elections will hold in all parts of the country and citizens will enjoy maximum protection during the period to exercise their franchise because the elections will be rancor free.
He hinted that personnel of the Corps is undergoing a series of training and workshops to educate them on how to conduct themselves before, during, and after elections as all hands must be on deck and no one is expected to fall short of expectations.
The Country Director, of Transparency International, Nigeria, Mr. Anwal Musa Rafsanjani extolled the Corps for working hard to protect Critical National Assets and Infrastructure in the fight against pipeline vandalism and economic sabotage.
He encouraged the CG to continue working on the right path toward ensuring a safe and secure society.
He explains that Nigeria requires collective efforts to make things better and called for more engagements and collaboration with the civil societies who are critical stakeholders in election monitoring as the 2023 elections draw nearer.