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The National Security Adviser (NSA), retired Maj.-Gen. Babagana Monguno has called for synergy, professionalism and patriotism among security agencies, ahead of the 2023 General Elections.

Monguno made the call in Abuja at the opening of a workshop on election security and management.

The workshop was organised by the Nigeria Police, in collaboration with Solar Security and Consult Company Limited.

He said the high level of professionalism, patriotism and synergy among the security agencies were fundamental in securing the electoral process.

The NSA said that Nigeria was exploring initiatives to reposition its Police Force and other security agencies to deliver peaceful, secured and credible 2023 elections.

He said the workshop would also enhance the capacity to stabilise the current internal security challenges.

It would also create an environment conducive for the citizens to exercise their franchise in 2023.

Monguno disclosed that the president had also, clearly maintained that upholding the autonomy of the Independent National Electoral Commission was a veritable partway to a sustainable democracy.

“Indeed the successes recorded in the recent governorship elections in Anambra, Ekiti and Osun States clearly demonstrated the president’s commitment to guaranteeing a level playing field for democracy to strive in the country.

“I wish at this juncture to assure Nigerians of the determination of the president to bequeath a legacy of strong democratic institution and values to the country.

“I must reiterate that the president is firmly committed to delivering an election that is completely transparent to command general acceptance of the Nigeria Population,” he said.

The Chief of Defence Staff, General Lucky Irabor, lauded the Inspector-General of Police, Mr Usman Baba, for the initiative to organise the workshop.

He said, “the aspiration of every Nigerian and friend of Nigerians was to have free, fair and secured elections in 2023.

“As members of the Armed Forces, we will continue to give support to the civil authority and the police, being the lead in internal security positioning.

“The entire leadership hierarchy of the Armed Forces is here to give their support and beyond that, we also have a covenant with the democratic process.

”So, we are here to assure Nigerians that the military is prepared to give support throughout the entire process and beyond,” he said.

In his remarks, the IGP, Usman Baba said 400 officers would be trained across the 36 states of the Federation and the FCT.

He said, ”for ease of participation, the exercise has been decentralised and will hold in centres across the six geo-political zones of the country from August 4 to August 31.”

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