FEDERAL EXECUTIVE COUNCIL REACTS TO PRESIDENT BUHARI’S THREAT TO BALLOT BOX SNATCHERS

February 20, 2019
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The Federal Executive Council has reportedly expressed support for President Muhammadu Buhari’s threat to persons planning to snatch ballot boxes during the elections.

The president had said that anyone who steals ballot boxes does so at his or her own expense and this had generated reactions particularly from the opposition.

According to The Punch, the position of the FEC was made clear by the minister of information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed on Wednesday, February 20.

Asked if the FEC supports the president’s position, the minister answered:

“Absolutely. I mean, if you want to intimidate voters to steal the mandate of the people, you should be able to face the wrath of the law.”

Meanwhile, the Chief of Army Staff, General Tukur Buratai, on Wednesday, February 20, met with principal staff officers, General Officers Commanding (GOCs) and commanders ahead of the rescheduled elections coming up on Saturday, February 23.

Addressing the senior officers, Buratai said that there would be no military escorts for politicians especially retired military during the general elections.

Channels TV reports that he directed commanders to ensure the restrictions of movement within their commands and also carry out a stop and search and hand over anyone found culpable to the police.

Buratai said the Nigerian Army is taking a proactive approach to stop election crimes such as ballot box snatching and violence.

He further directed commanders to deal decisively with anyone caught doing anything that will be inimical to the success of the election.

Buratai, however, reportedly warned that any officer who has any doubt as to his or her loyalty to the Nigerian state has until Thursday, February 22 to resign.

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