2023 GENERAL ELECTIONS: MoD Days It’s Solidly Behind INEC To Ensure Peaceful Transition

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Whatever are the jitters of Nigeria’s electoral umpire, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), must have eased off in large measure, following the assurance of the Ministry of Defence (MoD) to Nigerians that it was steadfastly behind the electoral body in order to ensure peaceful elections in the country.

The Ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Dr. Ibrahim Kana, gave the assurance at a media interaction at the MoD Headquarters in Abuja, Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

Kana further assured Nigerians that the Ministry was behind the electoral umpire to ensure a peaceful handing over on May 29, 2023.

Giving an overview of what the MoD would be presenting before Nigerians at a ministerial briefing on Monday, he said that it was happy at where the country was presently as far as security was concerned.

He noted that the scorecard of defence and security in the country was most important, according to the Minister of Information.

He further noted that the synergy among the three military services could not be over-emphasised which had resulted in great successes recorded in fighting security challenges in the country.

Kana posited that the synergy among the military services has improved, and that, according to him, the Defence Minister is duly in charge, as he is responsible for harmonising all the services.

“Therefore, he takes responsibility for all their activities, and he has continued to admonish them to work together,” the Permanent Secretary said.

He said that the military had helped in uniting Nigerians, irrespective of region or creed.

“That is also represented in recruitment, as recruitments are distributed across all the states,” he said.

He, however, said that in the area of harnessing local equipment production, the country was yet to tap one per cent of it.

According to him, defence equipment are major sources of revenue and employment to any country.

In his words: “Nigeria has not tapped one per cent of it. But the president is very interested in local production.

“This is because there is need for us to be self-sustaining; let our children gain employment; let us be exporting and gaining foreign exchange for our country.”

Kana had admonished the media to talk more of the successes recorded by the military in all ramifications rather than allegedly negatively projecting the services.

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