Thursday, 11 July 2013

Violence May Mar 2015 Elections – Report

Cleen Foundation, a non-governmental organisation in a security threat assessment conducted preparatory to the 2015 general elections has raised the alarm that it may be marred by widespread violence.

Presenting the report, yesterday, executive director of the foundation, Mr Chinedu Nwagu, identified key risk factors to include the ongoing insurgency in parts of the country, communal violence, electoral manipulation and the recent face-off in the Governors’ Forum.

“Already, the emerging signs are pointing to the possibility of pre-election, election-day and post-election violence. The deployment of federal might to factionalise the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, (NGF) is an example of such tendencies. With the merger of opposition parties, the contest will possibly be stiffer and the likelihood of violence higher,” Nwagu pointed out.

According to him, other risks are increasing poverty, unemployment, youth exclusion from the political process, militant youth groups, merger of opposition parties and possible violent disagreement over leadership and candidates as well as contention over zoning of presidential or governorship candidates.

Nwagu listed possible violent spots to include Nasarawa, Plateau, Benue, Yobe, Adamawa, Bauchi, Kaduna, Sokoto, Rivers and Delta States during the elections.

The foundation listed states that have mid-level chances of violence as Kogi, Niger, Gombe, Taraba, Kano, Katsina, Anambra, Enugu, Ebonyi, Imo, Edo, Bayelsa, Lagos, Oyo and Ogun while Kwara, Jigawa, Zamfara, Kebbi, Abia, Cross River, Akwa Ibom, Ondo, Ekiti and Osun were identified as lowest threat level.



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