Ahead of the 2023 general elections, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the security forces are working together to tackle the various security threats.
This is according to the Chairman of Renaissance Development Forum, Alhaji Mohammed Hayatu-Deen, who spoke during an interview on Newsnight, a pre-recorded show on Channels Television.
He stated that Nigerians shouldn’t be unduly worried about the myriads of security challenges in several parts of the country in relation to next year’s polls as a lot of synchronisation efforts are ongoing. Hayatu-Deen expressed confidence in the ability of the electoral body to conduct polls in Abuja as well as other areas where fears of violence are high.
“A lot of consultations are going on. Beyond that, there is also a lot of synchronisation efforts between the election umpire and the various security agencies,” he said.
“They are busy gathering, assimilating, and distilling unfiltered information. They know that this is high season for politics, they know that Abuja is a magnetic field.
“It stands to reason that as the security agencies run their various modules, and simulation exercises, it will be very obvious to them that Abuja will become a target. The Americans could not have left without a good reason and have shared that intelligence with the Nigerian authorities.”
For the full interview, do watch Newsnight on Monday, November 28 by 9 pm (WAT).