Borno State governor, Kashim Shettima, has expressed confident that the people of Borno and northeast who have experienced a lot of challenges as a result of boko haram insurgency would not engage themselves in any form of politically motivated or related violence before, on or even after the elections.
Shettima stated this yesterday while declaring open the election security management summit for the northeast states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe organised by the Nigeria Police Force, Borno State command, in partnership with the Nigerian Policing Programme (NPP), held in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.
The governor who was represented by the acting head of Service, Madi Gazali, at the summit also reminded people that primary responsibility of the government is to guarantee safety and security of the people and commended the patriotism, efforts and the goodwill of the leadership of the Nigerian Policing Programme.
“I am optimistic that people of Borno and northeast who have experienced a lot of challenges as a result of the boko haram insurgency would not engage themselves in any form of politically motivated or related violence before, on or even after the elections,” he said.
It was gathered that the Nigerian Policing Programme (NPP) aims to improve the Nigeria Police Force’s contribution to the delivery of safety and security for Nigerians in a target states; strengthen internal and external accountability mechanisms, and improve coherence for security provision among and between formal and informal security actors.
In his remarks, the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, who was represented by the Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of Federal Operations Zone 12, Rasheed Akintunde, said that Nigeria Police would continue to restrategise their effort and responsibility for the conduct of the election.
He described the training as good beginning for credible election especially, election that is safe that will ensure security of all during and after the exercise.
“What we are doing today is part of the preparation for the election, to prepare the minds of people to support the police, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and other security agencies towards achieving a peaceful election. To also let politicians understand that election is not do or die affair,” he said.
He added that training is already ongoing for all the Deputy Commissioners of Police all over the country to achieve free, fair and non violence election.
Also speaking, the Borno State Commissioner of Police, Damian Chukwu, urged for collaborations and synergy for the conduct of free, fair, safe and credible elections in Nigeria.
Chukwu said the summit which is organised by the Nigerian Policing Programme set to achieve multifarious objectives which include ensuring peaceful, credible, safe and secured elections in the Northeast.
“The event has also encapsulated the issues of understanding roles and responsibilities of stakeholders, effective communication and cooperation between stakeholders during the Nigerian upcoming general elections, which has since scheduled to take place in February 2019,” he added.
Dignitaries and stakeholders that attended the summit include: the Shehu of Borno, Dr. Abubakar Ibn Umar Garbai Elkenemi, INEC commissioner For Northeast, representatives of Commissioners of Police from Yobe and Adamawa States.
Other dignitaries who participated in the summit include: representative of the Theatre Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, Party chairmen, chairman of governorship Aspirants Forum, Commandants of Nigerian Civil Defence Corps of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa States, the DSS and the Prison Services.