The National Security Adviser NSA, Maj. Gen. Mohammed Monguno has vowed not to allow terror elements to hijack the November 6 governorship election in Anambra State.
Monguno likewise made this call on Monday, October 25, at a special meeting of the Inter-Agency Consultative Committee on Election Security ICCES in Abuja.
He said; “For those of us in security, we have already done most of what we are supposed to do.
“All the law enforcement agencies and security agencies have been charged to conduct themselves in a manner that will command the general widespread respect of all the people of Anambra state and, by extension, the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“They have been asked, charged to exhibit the highest level of professionalism, patience, perseverance, as well as self-restraint.
“We have been told to operate within the confines of the law, and also not to go out and exhibit tendencies that would jeopardize this exercise.
“I want to reassure the general public that the security agencies are going to do everything within their power to ensure that the people of Anambra State undergo this exercise without any incident.
“In the same vein, I want to offer a word of brotherly advice to our brothers and sisters in Anambra State who may want to use means, methods that are unorthodox and that are also unusual to destabilise an already delicate situation, to please think again.
“We are all eager to achieve results in this election that will be acceptable to everybody.
“I don’t think it will be helpful for anyone to go out and ignite something; that might cause pain for the good people of Anambra State — the peace-loving people — under whatever guise.”
Monguno also appealed to Anambra residents to work together; towards ensuring a hitch-free election.
“Please, I am appealing to you, we are all brothers. Stay within your wards, your local government, and also let us have a peaceful election.
“For the security agencies in the wards, any rogue element that decides to behave in a manner that will tar our collective institutions in very dark colour will be brought to justice in accordance with the rules of those institutions.
“Do not do anything that will harm this process.
“Finally, I want to encourage agents of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.
“I know you have gone through a lot of pain; a lot of losses with your colleagues from the Nigeria Police Force; as well as other agencies, do not allow what has happened in the past to dampen your spirits.
“Do not allow it to drive you into a state of lethargy. Please continue to support the leadership of INEC and also let us get this job done.”