The Nigerian Government has raised a red alerted over plot by some desperate opposition elements to deploy widespread violence to mar the 2019 general elections which kick starts in a few weeks.
Having realized that their fortunes have dwindled badly ahead of the
polls, the desperate opposition is orchestrating
widespread violence with a view to truncating the elections, thus
triggering a constitutional crisis that could snowball into the
establishment of an interim government,” the Minister of Information
and Culture, Mr. Lai Mohammed, told a press conference in Abuja on
Before you accuse the government of crying wolf, let me tell you,
gentlemen, that we have credible intelligence that armed bandits and
Boko Haram insurgents have been mobilized to engage in massive attacks
and other acts of violence in several states across the country,
including Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Benue, Kano, Kaduna, Nasarawa,
Plateau, Taraba and Zamfara, the Minister said.
He said the Benue-based armed criminal group, led by Terwase AKWAZA,
also known as Gana, has been commissioned to strike soft targets in
Benue, Nasarawa, and Taraba States, while in Kano State, a group of
miscreants have been mobilized by some prominent opposition leaders to
provoke massive chaos before, during and after the elections.
There is also an international dimension to the evil plan. Some
armed mercenaries from Niger Republic have been contracted to attack
top government functionaries, including state governors, across the
North-west between now and the elections, Mohammed said.
He, however, assured of the Federal Government’s commitment to a
credible, free, fair and peaceful elections, hence it is taking every
possible measure to counter ”these evil plans by unpatriotic
The Minister appealed to all Nigerians to be vigilant in the days
ahead., and urged the media to help in sensitizing members of the
public on the observed threats, which are capable of disrupting the
The punchline of our long running campaign on security � if you see
something, say something � remains relevant, perhaps even more, at
this time, he said.
Mohammed said all the relevant agencies under the Federal
Ministry of Information and Culture will work together to ensure that
Nigerians are alerted to the dangers posed to the forthcoming
elections by unscrupulous, unpatriotic and desperate characters who
will not hesitate to destabilize the country if they cannot achieve
their inordinate ambition.
The Minister said the government was working very well with the intelligence received and will ensure it is nip in the bud,starting also that the red alert was not meant to instill fear in the people but just to inform everyone to be watchful and report any suspicious move.
Source: Voice of Nigeria