NSA says politicians are working to disrupt elections

Babagana Monguno, national security adviser (NSA), says politicians who are afraid of losing the forthcoming elections are planning to disrupt the polls.

The NSA said this at a meeting with the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) in Abuja on Tuesday.

Monguno said security forces are ready to deal with anybody who attempts to engage in any act that could destabilise the exercise, while he maintained the neutrality of security agencies.

He said there is zero tolerance for political thuggery and illegal bearing of arms.

“Reports reaching me have revealed that some individuals that are uncertain of their fate in the elections are plotting to participate in widespread violence aimed at scuttling the polls,” Monguno said.

“There are indications that these unscrupulous elements are already mobilising merchants of violence, including armed bandits and terrorists to cause problems cross the country.

“I will refrain from being specific on some of the plots that have been uncovered, though the security agencies will spare no efforts in dealing appropriately with any act that can destabilise the nation.

“In this regard, we owe Nigerians the duty to protect and preserve their lives and property regardless of our individual or group aspirations.

“I wish to restate that our doors are always open to collaborate and act proactively to maintain the sanctity of Nigeria.”

Monguno said the office of the national security adviser (ONSA) and security agencies were fully prepared for the elections and ready to cooperate and partner with the governors on security.