Governors to Buhari: Insecurity may disrupt elections in many North-west states

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President Muhammadu Buhari

Ahead of the 2023 general elections, Nigerian Governors have expressed fears that the poll might not hold in several north-west states of Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Sokoto, and Zamfara as a result of the prevalent insecurity in the geopolitical zone.

In an exclusive report by TheCable, the governors shared their perspectives with President Muhammadu Buhari in a policy brief.

The brief was part of the political economy situation review sent to the president in July 2022.

The governors asked the president to expedite actions on various promises to address insecurity, according to a copy of the review quoted by the newspaper.

To stem the tide of insecurity, the governors urged the president to take urgent steps to establish military bases in Birnin Gwari, Rijana, Kachia, and Mararaba Jos in Kaduna state and Kontagora and Gwada in Niger state.

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“Expedite the establishment of military bases in Birnin Gwari, Rijana, Kachia and Mararraban Jos in Kaduna State, and Kontagora and Gwada in Niger State,” the review reads.

“Ensure promised simultaneous operations scheduled for July 1 but yet to commence are ordered and complied with IMMEDIATELY.

“Ensure operations prevent Boko Haram terrorists from attacking the Shiroro R2 transmission line (R1 already down and inaccessible), which will throw the entire north-west and Niger into darkness.

“Renewed appeal for a Theatre Command in the north-west along with deployment of MNJTF due to borders with Niger and Benin Republics that are major sources of arms and ammunition.”