Nigeria’s security chiefs have said that some groups are plotting to disrupt the 2019 general elections. This was disclosed in a statement by Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, on Thursday. He said the alarm was raised by Lawal Daura, Director General of the Department of State Services; Gen. Gabriel Olonisakin, Chief of Defence Staff; and Ahmed Abubakar, Director General of the National Intelligence Agency.
“The security chieftains expressed the particular worry that there are groups in the country with evil designs to disrupt the processes leading to the 2019 general elections in the hope of creating a stalemate.
“They warned the media against the activities of some unregistered groups that have lately been active in trying to undermine critical institutions such as the law-enforcement agencies and the Independent National Electoral Commission.
“The security heads also called for closer cooperation from the media to prevent terrorists and radical ideologies directed from abroad from undermining the ongoing efforts to restore security in parts of the country facing the challenges of terrorism, economic sabotage, criminality, farmers-herdsmen’s clashes and the spread of illegal weapons,” the statement read in part.
The security chiefs said they would maintain a balance between freedom of expression and threat to the nation’s security. They also said the media had exaggerated the security lapses in the country. They advocated support from the media saying their efforts was also important in fighting terrorism and other security issues in the country.