Benue Senator, Emmanuel Yisa Orker-Jev raises concern about lingering insecurity in the country as a possible threat to the general election in 2023
The lawmaker representing Benue North-West Senatorial District, Emmanuel Orker-Jev has expressed fear about the spate of insecurity in the country, warning that it might be a threat to the 2023 general election.
Senator Orker-Jev who disclosed this on Tuesday in a chat with journalists in Makurdi lamented that despite the assurances from the election management body, citizens appear to be in doubt and pessimistic about the coming elections.
Hinging it to increased insecurity crises in the country, the Benue legislator urged President Muhammadu Buhari to step up to his responsibilities of ensuring Nigerians are safe. This is as he called on the President to produce a definite result in terminating the activities of the bandits and terrorists unleashing mayhem in parts of the country.
“The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has continued to reassure us that the 2023 elections would hold, but I have heard many stakeholders questioning whether the election can hold.
If the terrorists and bandits are as audacious as they are now, threatening to kidnap the President and attacking the Guards Brigade; those who are supposed to protect the president, attacking military checkpoints. If they are not repelled, I share the sentiments and the views of those who are saying that the 2023 election is threatened.
But it all goes down to what the National Assembly has said. The President has to rise up. You cannot have the presidential spokesman saying the president has done his best. If the president has done his best, and we are still experiencing these security challenges, it means that we are in trouble, there is no hope.
So, I share the views of those who are saying that if we don’t do better the next election is threatened, but I just pray that my prediction or my fear will be unfounded, I just pray so,” the legislator stressed.