Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Yakubu Dogara, has called for the need for Nigerians and other top security agencies in the country to uphold the sustainance of democracy in the country devoid of corruption and violence ahead of the 2019 general elections.
Dogara stated this on Tuesday when he met with some delegation from Security Sector Reform of Civil Society Organisations in Nigeria and Policy and Legal Advocacy Centre at his office, in Abuja.
He used the platform to appeal to the security agencies on the need to curb the influx of firearms into Nigeria by some unknown elements.
He cautioned that such move could be detrimental to the sustenance of peace ahead of the 2019 general elections.
“Elections happen in virtually all governments, but not all elections are democratic. We are talking about promoting democratic elections; these democratic elections have some criteria: they are supposed to be fair and free, they are supposed to be inclusive, and they are supposed to be periodic. Where you hold elections in an environment of intimidation and violence; it cannot be free and fair.
“Once it is not free and fair, it therefore means it doesn’t pass the criteria of a democratic election. So that’s the challenge, and the truth is that there is no corruption that is more than truncating the will of the people through elections into government positions. This is because that is the essence of representative governance, as the people have elected their representatives and it is those representatives that they have elected and having taken positions in government that can deliver the goods.
“We are aware of the fact that if this Bill is quickly translated into Law, as we are running into the 2019 general elections, if we are able to set up this Commission, we will combat this illicit dealing in weapons of war. We will be able to provide a very conducive environment for the 2019 elections to take place.”