The Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room (Situation Room) has called on the security chiefs in the country to resign their appointments immediately over their inability to provide security for millions of Nigerians.
According to a statement from Agianpe Ashang of the Policy and Legal Advocacy Centre (PLAC), said that the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof Attahiru Jega, at a meeting with 12 national commissioners and other stakeholders conveyed that he had received a letter from the security services advising that he postponed the general elections on the grounds that the security agencies were engaged in a renewed battle against insurgency in the North-East that would require their full concentration.
According to Jega in the letter, the military was demanding a rescheduling of elections by at least six weeks.
Agiampe said, “Situation Room conveyed to INEC, its disappointment with the letter from the security agencies pointing out that this amounted to the military’s abdication of its constitutional duties to provide security to citizens and to the commission to enable it conduct elections and appeared contrived to truncate the democratic process in Nigeria.
“Situation Room is further worried that the military’s position also aims to blackmail and arm-twist the election management body away from its constitutional guaranteed function of conducting elections. Situation Room also condemns this advisory by security agents that they cannot guarantee the security of citizens, election officials and materials during the election.
“The Situation Room calls for the resignation of military chiefs and security heads including the Police on account of their inability to exercise their constitutional responsibility to secure lives and property at all times including during the elections.
“Situation Room also calls on Nigerians to be vigilant and be ready to protect this hard won democracy!”