2023 elections and insecurity

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The presidential election is sprinting closer with full acceleration. It will, as stipulated, come up on February 25 if there is no change. It is a judgment day for the contestants; their fates will be publicly known. How will the election never be disturbed with the present insecurity which Nigerians are grappling with necessitates this piece of writing?

A larger percentage of Nigerians, especially youths, have secured their Permanent Voters’ Card (PVC). It is handled by them how a hunter handles his gun while going to a wild bush. PVC with our fingers are the instruments to be utilised in determining our choice of candidate.

It is an unnecessary repetition to profess that this country is in the grip of the merchants of death and abductors who have taken the collection of illicit humongous ransom as the source of their affluence or opulence accumulation. Although, the federal government is trying its possible best in proffering a panacea for the dastardly and morbid acts but more needs to be done.

A number of electorate are apprehensive of the outbreak of violence during the election period. Some are even scared they may not go out to exercise their franchise on election day. It is one Yorùbá maxim that states: Tí òrò ba kan àgàdàngbá tán, yóò kan jééjé ni mo jókòó mi, meaning no one is safe from being harmed when pandemonium breaks. If one should consider the apothegm meticulously, they reasoned well.

Therefore, to make the electorate troop out en masse to cast their votes for the candidate of their choice, the federal government under the outgoing leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari should equip the security agencies adequately to be capable of forestalling and curbing any sort of insecurity that may occur or about to occur before, during and after the elections.

Olayode Inaolaji,

Ogbomoso, Oyo state

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