The National Security Adviser (NSA), Mohammed Monguno, has assured Nigerians that the forthcoming general election would not be compromised by security agencies.
Monguno, a retired major general, gave the assurance at the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) National Stakeholders’ Forum for 2019 General Election on Thursday in Abuja.
He said President Muhammadu Buhari was committed to credible and peaceful election, saying the election is not a do-or-die affair for him.
“During the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly in 2017, Buhari clearly stated that he is committed to ensuring that elections are free and fair.
“I want to re-emphasise for the benefit of any doubting Thomas that the election will not be compromised by security agencies in this country. I believe that the heads of security agencies are men of honour,” Monguno said.
He assured that every Nigerian would be allowed to exercise his civic responsibility in an atmosphere devoid of intimidation.
“Gone are the days in which people will be gagged, people will be suspicious of security agencies. Nobody is allowed to be partisan, to take side with anybody, any political group or organisation.”
He warned security personnel that in discharging their responsibilities, they should not allow themselves to be used by those who want to disrupt the peace of the election.
Monguno also urged those planning to cause trouble during the election or pseudo military to have a rethink.
“Secondly those who want to use the media to spread poison, please think twice because that can exacerbate the already very delicate situation.
“We do not want any unnecessary trouble in the country. Whatever can be avoided should be avoided.”
He said individuals caught causing violence or violating electoral law would be arrested and prosecuted, and if traced to anybody such person would be arrested.
Monguno also urged religion leaders not to be emotional in spreading the gospel, but allow Nigerians to choose for themselves so that the election process can be peacefully.
“I want to assure that we will do everything within our means to ensure the protection of lives and property of every Nigerian. Our doors are opened to those who want to help,” he added.