This is not a false positive: the 2023 elections may not be held, at least not as planned by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Since the parliamentary elections in 2019, the political media space in Nigeria has been dominated by the permutations regarding the 2023 elections.
However, as the nation approaches 2023, there are growing concerns that the elections may not take place due to some truly frightening, worrying and unprecedented developments.
“The most recent attack on our facility, having just completed the nationwide Having completed an inventory of the election papers for the 2023 parliamentary elections is worrying.
“If this option is not checked, these attacks could spell setbacks for the preparations of the Commission, including the ongoing conversion of voting points into polling stations , the forthcoming Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) and voting. “
Those were the words of Festus Okoye, INEC spokesman, in a statement published on Sunday May 2nd.
According to a report by The Punch at least 19 offices belong to the INEC were destroyed by fire in the last two years.
A breakdown The dents of the fire showed that the hardest hit states are Akwa Ibom (four), Abia (three), Anambra (two) and Imo (two).
Other states, in which fire incidents occurred between February 2019 and May 2021 are Borno, Ebonyi, Jigawa, Kano, Ondo, plateau and rivers. Abuja was also affected.
INEC announced on Monday, announced on April 20, 2021 that its data processing center in Kano state was destroyed by fire.
Similarly, the INEC office in the local government of Essi en Udim set on fire by unknown attackers on Sunday May 2.
On Sunday evening, May 9, 2021, the recently renovated INEC office in the region Ohafia set on fire.
Also on Sunday evening, May 16, the INEC headquarters in the state of Enugu was destroyed by fire.
As the INEC spokesman had previously warned, these targeted attacks could affect the conduct of the 2023 elections.
Apart from these attacks, two recent attacks have been geopolitical Zones of the country, the southeast and the south-south, have become a “slaughterhouse” where police officers are “slaughtered”. Their facilities have been destroyed.
In a recent report by the < i> Premium Times it was found that 18 police officers were killed across Nigeria in just one week!
Several police stations and emergency vehicles were also burned. And the attacks are continuing at the time of filing this report.
Is Nigeria politically mature enough to hold elections without the help of the police and other security agencies? The obvious answer is NO!
Even if police and other security forces are heavily used to ensure that the country’s elections are free, fair and credible, the polls are still Witnesses of election errors and violence.
By the way, the states where INEC offices have been most destroyed are those in the southeast and south-south that also have police killings prevail.
When Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, leader of the Senate minority, was asked to comment on the 2023 elections in a recent interview, he has the following to say:
“The most important thing today is that: We don’t know whether the general elections are possible or will take place in 2023. The people have been talking. We don’t have to act like Nero, who is playing while Rome is on fire.
“There is a fear of insurrection. The biggest problem now is uncertainty. We don’t want to overlook what can break the country and focus on short-lived issues like the elections that may not happen. “
So, amid other security challenges, the burning of INEC offices and police stations and the murder of police officers pose a major threat to the 2023 general election.
Nigeria will have 24 years of uninterrupted democracy by 2023. All hands should be on deck to ensure that 2023 does not mark the end of another democratic dispensation.
Instead of the desperate politics currently taking place in different parts of the country, the Nigerian government and other stakeholders should focus on finding lasting solutions to the country’s security crisis.
Targeted attacks on INEC facilities must stop now The killing of police officers must stop. It’s enough!
As former President Olusegun Obasanjo r Die Political leaders must ensure that a new federation is formed in 2023, otherwise Nigeria could slide into disintegration.
For Nigeria to move forward, the elections must take place in 2023. The Nigerian government urgently needs to take steps to address all factors threatening the conduct of the elections.