Former Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Attahiru Jega has lamented the state of insecurity in Nigeria.
Jega warned that the 2023 general elections may not hold if the current insecurity issues being faced by the country is not properly tackled.
He made this known at an event in honour of the late former governor of Oyo State, Abiola Ajimobi in Ibadan, on Thursday.
The former INEC head said the absence of security poses a serious risk and threat to the conduct of the 2023 general elections.
He further maintained that adequate security is key to an acceptable election outcome.
In Jega’s words: “Unless elections are conducted in an environment that is peaceful and secure, its integrity and even the legitimacy of the outcome of that election will be questioned.
“As we look forward to the 2023 general elections, there is increasing apprehension that the pervasive insecurity situation in the country may present a formidable obstacle if not an obstruction to that election.
“If not appropriately and effectively mitigated, security challenges would pose the most serious danger to the integrity of the election process if it evens allows the election to be conducted.”