Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Attahiru Jega has dismissed opinions that the deployment of armed security during an election discourages people from participating in electoral process.
He said instead, the presence of security helps to drive people’s confidence to participate in the process.
“I want to state that the use of military is not necessarily a disincentive for participation in an election,” said Jega, while delivering a speech as a special guest of honour at the 2014 Annual General Meeting of the Newspaper Proprietors of Nigeria (NPAN) in Lagos.
According to him, Ekiti election was a good example that security men don’t scare people away during elections, as a 49 percent voter turn-out was recorded, “which is the highest in all the elections we have ever had in this country. This means that the presence of security gave people the courage to come out and vote.”
He further explained that, “it is possible to have credible elections without heavy presence of armed security. That is the ideal situation and that is what we want to see. But it depends on context, the kind of security challenges that a country has. That is what determines what role the armed forces can play in an electoral process. In Nigeria for instance, the way we define the role of the security is that at the polling units, there will be an average of three unarmed policemen, then outside of the polling units, about a radius of 300 metres, we can have patrols by mobile police and check-points by mobile police.
“And then the army conducts what is called outer peripheral cordon, which is at the point of entering the state or the major entries of the main cities in the state.”
Giving an insight into the commission’s role in deepening democracy in the country, Jega said the country is faced with several challenges which revolve around challenges with good governance, adding that having credible electoral process had become an imperative to address these challenges.
“We know that our electoral process has been very bad and we allowed things to go bad for so long and now it will require lots of serious and consistent efforts to be able to address these challenges. Nigeria faces tremendous challenges but foremost among these challenges is that of good democratic governance.
“It’s no longer an issue of good governance because there are authoritarian regime that can provide goods and services and institutions and so on, but if the opportunities are not provided for people to express themselves and participate in the process and contribute in the shaping and design of policies, then obviously that will be good governance, but not democratic governance.
“Our country has suffered for long under the authoritarian rule of the military regime and even though in the last 18 years, we have been struggling and transitioning to democracy, there is still much to do and the legacies of authoritarian rule which has been embedded into the body polity and the governance process are still there and there are still formidable challenges that we have to deal with.
“The key challenge then, is to keep on the transition process and there is no doubt that if we must build a credible democracy, then we must also reform our electoral process. This is because the electoral process is a medium in a democratic context for the choice of leaders and for ensuring that the selection of leadership is targeted at bringing about good democratic governance, such that the resources and potentials of the country can be put to good use for the benefit of the country and the citizens,” he said.
He therefore urged the media to always try to balance their private interest as a business with that of the public good.
“Your investment may be private investment, but they also have tremendous public utility and it is, therefore, very important that proprietors of newspapers and other media, must balance the private interest with the public good.
“There are trends and tendencies that can threaten your efforts at upholding this public good, but it is a collective responsibility on you as an association to curtail such tendencies so that the pursuit of private interest will not becloud public good,” Jega said.
“Oke Wasn’t Killed By Stray Bullet, He Was Stabbed By Thugs” – Brother Claims
Information Nigeria recalls a graphics designer identified as Oke, was killed hours after tweeting “Nigeria will not kill me” on Wednesday.
It was reported that the young man had passed away after he was hit by a stray bullet.
The deceased’s younger brother, Daniel has come out to clear the air regarding the circumstances leading to his death.
Daniel revealed his brother was stabbed on the neck by thugs who infiltrated and ransacked their home.
In his words;
“Good day, My name is Obi-Enadhuze Daniel younger brother of the now deceased Okechukwu Obi-Enadhuze @O_Okee . I, my brother and mother lived at makinde police barracks, mafoluku, Oshodi, Lagos State.
Today at about 11 o’clock in the morning the police station at makinde was attacked by thugs who wanted to destroy the station, I my mom and brother were holed up in our house.
The attack went on for hours before the thugs eventually breached the police and proceeded to set the station on fire, after accomplishing this they set their sights to the barracks and began the assault, they proceeded to destroy every car in the barracks, my mom’s 2 cars where destroyed and set on fire and then they infiltrated our house by breaking the door they then proceeded to ransack the house and carted away with everything we own.
my brother on trying to get them to take everything but spare us was pushed to my mom’s room and stabbed on the neck, the attacker then proceeded to attack me but missed my neck but got my chin instead, after this my mom and I carried my brothers body to the entrance of the station soliciting for help from the thugs still ravaging the barracks, we were finally able to put him in a wheelbarrow and took him to a hospital where he was rejected because “he was already dead” unfazed we moved him to another hospital where he met the same treatment this was where he bled his last drops of blood and died, his body has now been moved to a morgue
we have lost every single thing we own, as our house was completely ransacked and set on fire the only thing left is my brothers phone and at about 8 o’clock this evening the barracks was still on fire but Okechukwu has paid with the ultimate price
I and my mother are homeless with nothing now but we’re safe for now, we thank everyone that has been able to reach out to us, and were able to share consoling words with us in these trying times, God bless you
While we were holed up in the house the three of us said these words together and we say it again ” THREE OF US ARE HERE, THREE OF US ARE TOGETHER, THREE OF US ARE SAFE”
Let it be known that my brother @O_Okee was NOT killed by a police bullet but died a hero protecting my mother and I.
If you see this please retweet, let the world know how Okechukwu died. He was NOT killed by a police bullet but thugs in his home!”
See his post below:
Youths Burn Down Sanwo-Olu’s Mother’s House In Lagos (VIDEO)
Lagos youths have set the family house of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on fire.
This was after the Governor said that no nobody was killed during the shooting by soldiers at Lekki Toll Gate on Tuesday night.
Sanwo-Olu had debunked claims that the soldiers opened fire and killed some peaceful protesters.
Recall that men of the Nigerian Army reportedly opened fire on protesters following the declaration of 24 hours curfew by the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwolu.
Bullets fired by security operatives hit some persons and at least two persons have been confirmed killed by the police and many injured
Voices in viral footage blamed the shootings on soldiers.
However, the angry youth attacked several important places such as Nigeria Port Authority, TVC News, and the family house of the Governor where his mother resides.
After Governor @jidesanwoolu said the "soldiers shot in the air to disperse the peaceful protesters." And thar their's no fatalities
Lagos youths set Governor's Mother's House on FIRE!! #PRAYFORNIGERIA#EndSARS #Lekkitollgate #LekkiGenocide #EndPoliceBrutalityinNigeraNOW pic.twitter.com/QaOvSHwXdk
— Nwachukwu John Owen (@johnowen99) October 21, 2020
#LekkiMassacre: Hoodlums Storm TVC Station In Lagos; Set Properties On Fire (Video)
Hoodlums have reportedly invaded the headquarters of popular news station, TVC, believed to be owned by National Leader of APC, Bola Tinubu.
According to reports, the staff of the news station are being trapped in the building located in Lagos.
The moment Morayo and Co decided to leave the station after it had been taken over by hoodlums.
— My Opinion (@Diji_O) October 21, 2020
Videos circulating online shows that properties in the compound have also been set ablaze.
The news station is currently off air and this comes hours after Nigerians accused the Lagos politician of having a hand in the #LekkiMassacre.
Information Nigeria recalls security agents had opened fire at peaceful #EndSARS protesters at Lekki Tollgate on Tuesday.
In a video circulating online, the anchors of one of the shows, ‘Your View’ were heard saying that there were hoodlums at their gate trying to break into the premises.
Watch the video clips below:
— Itz CakeByTolex (@tolulope_salako) October 21, 2020
— POSTNAIJA (@POSTNAIJA) October 21, 2020
— Angry mob attacks TVC , set the station on fire.. pic.twitter.com/xEDpLeWkpW
— VyrãlTreñdz (@TheVyralTrendz) October 21, 2020
‘Hoodlums’ have reportedly invaded news station, TVC and are attacking their people. pic.twitter.com/h90bWoL37o
— Pulse Nigeria (@PulseNigeria247) October 21, 2020
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