2023: ‘Elections may not hold in several North-West States over insecurity’, Govs. tell Buhari

Some State governors are of the opinion that elections may not be held in several North-West States as a result of the prevalent insecurity in the geo-political zone.

The governors shared their perspective with President Muhammadu Buhari in a policy brief. The brief was part of the political economy situation review sent to the president in July 2022. The North-West comprises seven States — Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Sokoto, and Zamfara.

According to reports, the governors asked the president to expedite actions on various promises to address insecurity. To stem the tide of insecurity, the governors urged the president to take urgent steps to establish military bases in Birnin-Gwari, Rijana, Kachia and Mararraban-Jos in Kaduna state and Kontagora and Gwada in Niger state.

The review also requested, among others, to: “expedite promised the establishment of military bases in Birnin-Gwari, Rijana, Kachia and Mararraban-Jos in Kaduna State, and Kontagora and Gwada, in Niger State; Ensure promised simultaneous operations scheduled for July 1 but yet to commence are ordered and complied with IMMEDIATELY.

“Ensure operations prevent Boko Haram terrorists from attacking the Shiroro R2 transmission line (R1 already down and inaccessible), which will throw the entire north-west and Niger into darkness; Renewed appeal for a Theatre Command in the north-west along with deployment of MNJTF due to borders with Niger and Benin Republics that are major sources of arms and ammunition”.

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