As Nigerians prepare for the 2019 General Elections, the Federal Government has warned against any form of threats to internal security before, during and even after the exercise.
The Minister of Interior, Lieutenant General Abdulrahman Dambazau (retd), issued the warning on Monday in his Office in Abuja.
Dambazau stated that President Muhammadu Buhari is committed to ensuring free, fair and credible elections and in order to achieve this commitment, the elections must be peaceful.
He said therefore the Government will leave no stone unturned in its efforts towards free, fair and credible elections.
He said: “The Nigeria Police Force, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps and other security agencies have been directed to arrest and prosecute anyone threatening internal security either in form of possession of weapons of any type, interfering or causing election related disturbances, threats of violence and intimidation during the elections, disturbance of peace or involvement in political thuggery will be decisively dealt with in accordance with the laws.”
Dambazau advised parents to ensure that their children are not used by desperate politicians to disrupt the electoral process as security agencies have been mandated to guard against any form of internal security threats before, during and after the 2019 General Elections, adding: “Anyone found to be involved in sponsoring political thuggery, violence or threat to internal security will face the wrath of the law.”
The Minister further stated that Nigerians have the right to belong to any political party and vote candidates of their choice and as such, politicians must give them the opportunity to do so, adding that Government has put in place adequate security visibility to neutralize all forms of internal security threats that may occur before, during and after the 2019 General Elections.
He therefore wished Nigerians peaceful elections while praying for God’s guidance and protection.