The ongoing military operations across the country has eliminated fears associated with the 2023 General Elections, according to the Socio-Economic Analysis Group (SEAG).
The civil society organisation barred its mind in a statement issued on Monday in Abuja, Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and signed by its Convener, Mr. Olatunde Morayo, and co-signed by Co-coveners, Ms. Hajara Abubakar and Mr. Obidi Ifukoon.
They group said that a study it conducted showed that the military had significantly reduced the capacity of bandits, insurgents and other criminal elements that could undermine the conduct of the general elections.
The group explained that it embarked on the study after a promise by the Chief of Defence Staff, General Lucky Irabor, that the armed forces of Nigeria would work with other security agencies to ensure peaceful conduct of the elections.
The statement noted that SEAG had discovered that the military had continued to deepen its loyalty to the Constitution of the country, while conducting in-house education for its personnel on the benefits of total respect and support for democratic processes.
SEAG declared that it was now left for Nigerians to cooperate fully with the armed forces to ensure a peaceful transition process.
“SEAG study of the situation was prompted by the promise made by the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), that the armed forces of Nigeria will fully support the democratic process to a logical conclusion.
“Though some skeptics wanted to raise dust where there is none, our study reveals that the armed forces is fully prepared for the elections.
“A critical study of the security situation reveals that we are winning the war in all the troubled spots. Using kinetic and non-kinetic approach, normalcy is gradually returning.
“Though there are still traces of the security challenges, but we say the capacity of the military to deal with them is not in doubt,” SEAG stated.
It commended the CDS for constantly reminding Nigerians that the military had fully keyed into the democratic process, adding that it was a morale booster and assurance.
SEAG urged Nigerians to support and cooperate with the armed forces, and other security agencies, to ensure peaceful and credible elections.
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