On Friday, National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno, in his remarks at the meeting of the Inter-Agency Consultative Committee on Election Security organized by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) stated that the activities of some top politicians are being watched by the various security agencies in the country.
The NSA represented by Sanusi Galadima said such individuals are under close monitoring of the security agencies alongside their sponsored thugs for possible arrest and prosecution.
“The NSA has noted with utmost concern, the growing uncertainty heralding the conduct of party primaries for 2023 elections. This is in addition to the unabated spate of violence that threatened the upcoming off-cycle gubernatorial elections in Ekiti and Osun States, arising from internal party wranglings, increasing acrimony and bickering amongst political actors as well as the inability of various contending political blocs to amicably resolves differences in line with democratic tenets.
“Consequently, the above disturbing development has already culminated in intense power-play capable of heightening unnecessary political tension across the country. More worrisome are the unguarded utterances of some highly respected individuals and groups which more often than not amplify divisive narratives to the detriment of national security and stability.
“Accordingly, heads of security and law-enforcement agencies have been tasked to step up close monitoring and profiling of political actors no matter highly placed who exhibit tendencies to subvert the electoral process, even as thugs and their sponsors would equally be trailed for possible arrest and prosecution.
”Finally, the NSA, emphasises the need for INEC to enjoin political parties to consistently abide by prescribed rules as outlined in their respective manifestoes. This is to significantly reduce areas of conflict and ensure a peaceful atmosphere for a hitch-free off-cycle and general election.”