Burning Of INEC Offices In SW Unacceptable, Threat To 2023 polls – Afenifere

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*asks SW govts to turn Amotekun into strong regional outfit 

By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan

Pan-Yoruba socio-political organization, Afenifere on Monday, declared that burning of Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC) offices in Abeokuta in Ogun and Ede in Osun states  is unacceptable.

The Pan Yoruba socio political organization stated this in a statement made available to journalists in Ibadan by its National Publicity Secretary Comrade Jare Ajayi.

Afenifere pointed out that burning of INEC offices by suspected arsonists is capable of threatening the 2023 general elections in the South West as well as in other parts of Nigeria.

It stressed that the burning of INEC offices stands condemnable by all lovers of democracy adding that ” the reports of the burning of the offices of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Abeokuta, Ogun State and Ede, Osun State at the weekend disturbed Afenifere because of the implication it may have on the 2023 elections among others. As had happened in some Southern Easter States.

“Unauthorized burning of any property is condemnable by all standards. The fact that this type of arson reared its head in the South West is unacceptable”, it said.

Afenifere added, ” it should be thoroughly investigated and made to be the last of such occurrence. 

There should be no excuse whatsoever to put the 2023 general elections in jeopardy” 

Commenting on the insecurity situation in the country, Afenifere called on the South West governments ” to turn Amotekun into a strong regional outfit to protect the region” 

” The governors should collectively approach President Muhammadu Buhari along with the Vice President to let them save their people from being enslaved by bandits. Drones and relevant security equipment must be purchased and deplored to quickly snuff life out of the monster that is threatening to consume us” 

Afenifere stressed “everything must be done to ensure that normalcy returns and that Nigeria does not become another region where terrorists hold sway. South west governors should do more!”

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