As the national security summit convened by the Senate ended in Abuja, security chiefs have alerted of imminent security threat to the 2019 general elections.
It was learnt that key officials of government in charge of security told stakeholders at the summit that if the spate of insecurity is not checked, there could be threats to 2019 general elections.
Lawmakers at the closed sessions were said to have been told that the spate of violence including kidnapping, herdsmen attacks and other forms of violence were collectively endangering the nation’s future elections.
It was also revealed that the security agencies were very clear on the danger at hand if some drastic steps were not taken. Though the security agencies were said to have told the Senators that the operatives and agencies are not overwhelmed by the situation, they needed to alert stakeholders of the situation at hand.
“The Security chiefs did not mince words in saying it as it is. They told us that they are ready to do all that is needed to keep the nation secured. They told us that they also needed the lawmakers to do whatever was within their powers to support the agencies. As elections get close they are expected to have neutralise the threats,” a source said.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo had at the opening session of the summit called for the adoption of state police as a measure to end the spate of violence in the country.His submission was supported on Monday when the Chairman of Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF), Abdul Aziz Yari of Zamfara State said that the governors have also adopted state police.