The Authorities of the Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA have commenced a sensitisation campaign programme for security operatives on information management ahead of Nigeria’s 2019 general election.
The one day event, organised in Abuja by the FCT Security Service Department was aimed at achieving a violent free election in 2019.
The security operatives were drawn from the Nigerian Police Force and Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDS.
Declaring the seminar open, the Director in charge of Security Department, Malam Maikasuwa Mohammed said the sensitisation has become imperative in view of the fact that politicians have started overheating the polity.
Malam Mohammed stressed the need for a violent free election in the nation’s capital as the FCTA would be the yardstick for measuring other states of the federation by potential investors.
Development of the Territory
“We have to sensitise our security officers on the need to perform their constitutional responsibilities during and after elections. And the only way to achieve this is through constant engagements, dialogues and interactions with experts and other stakeholders.
“The FCT is the window in which other nations of the world sees the country and we as managers at the departmental levels should endeavour to contribute our quarters to the development of the Territory because without peaceful co-existence, no meaningful development can take place,” he explained.
One of the speakers, Mr. Emmanuel Ogu spoke on the theme; ‘Importance of Security Information to a Violent Free Election.’
Mr Ogu said based on empirical investigations, both domestic and international political analysts argued that the greatest obstacle to democratic consolidation in Nigeria was electoral violence.
The security expert also said that education has been discovered to be a major strategy and weapon to curbing what he described as democratic impediment.
Ogu said if the nation was to enthrone an enduring and a sustainable democratic culture that would stand the test of time, Nigeria must ensure a free and fair election.
Mr Ogu attributed election violence to elites engaging in political rascality within and outside political parties noting that the phenomenon affects the credibility of electoral system and rule of law.
“The extent of violence and rigging associated with elections in Nigeria have assumed alarming proportion that necessitated intellectual excursion to the realm of possible solution,” Mr Ogu said.
A traditional ruler, the Onu of Igala in Karu/Jikwoiyi FCT, Mr Abdulsalam Musa challenged the FCT Security Service Department to organise more of such sensitisation workshops to curb election violence in the Territory.
While commending the FCT Administration, the traditional ruler called for an expanded stakeholders meeting to tackle challenges faced during and after elections.