The World Institute for Peace has bemoaned the spate of electoral violence in the country ahead of the 2023 polls.
It also criticised security agencies in the country for their inability to curb the scourge which it said could impact badly on the elections.
Speaking on Saturday, the institute’s Director in Nigeria, Lamina Omotoyosi, called on the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) to activate state machinery proactively, saying the electoral violence had lingered for too long in the country.
Omotoyosi said, “As the country is approaching the 2023 presidential election, the Federal Government must put in top-gear, measures to stop any act of political violence. The way political thugs are grouping in the country, especially in Oyo and Osun states, is becoming unbearable and this needs a very weighty action to halt its growth.
“We must register our displeasure with the inability of the security agencies, especially the Nigeria Police Force, to contain cases of electoral violence in the country.”
He also said every form of violence should be tackled before any election to ensure a peaceful, fair, and democratic process of electing the leaders of any country.
“Also, the freehand given to political thugs to operate in the South-West, banditry in the North as well as the activities of unknown gunmen in the South-East all pose threats to the hope of peaceful, credible and free elections,” he added.
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