A civil society organisation, Transformation Monitoring Group (TMG), has warned about the dangers of using security forces to interfere with the 2023 elections.
The organisation’s leader, Auwal Rafsanjani, issued a statement in which he argued that protecting free and fair elections is essential to strengthening democracy.
He warned that the desire of Nigerians for free, fair, and legitimate elections would be undermined if politicians abused the power of the state’s security forces.
Rafsanjani has urged the Nigerian military and police to “not compromise the integrity of the 2023 elections.”
“Security operatives should remain professional and not be biased or induced by political parties. We call on political parties to respect the system’s wishes and not undermine the elections. In situations where security officials are not adequately paid and have been sent to electoral fields, they are likely to be compromised.
“Electoral integrity is the only way to consolidate democratic values. Nigerians must resist politicians who want to water down the effort to have free, fair, transparent and credible elections in Nigeria by their planned agenda to use security agencies.”
In the meantime, on Thursday, Chief of Defense Staff Lucky Irabor stated that the armed forces will not succumb to pressure to influence the results of the elections in 2023.
The defence chief has assured everyone that the military will take a neutral stance and help the police with monitoring and security.
Irabor insisted the military is politically impartial, stressing that measures are being taken to ensure they follow President Muhammadu Buhari’s order.