‘If the election is perceived to be illegitimate, IPOB/ESN could gain significant traction, and potentially become directly involved in post-election violence. The proliferation of informal security elements such as Amotekun in the South-west and Ebubeagu in the South-east further complicates security and increases opportunities for election violence’
Two United States-based Democracy institutions – the National Democratic Institute (NDI) and International Republican Institute (IRI) – have expressed concern about the activities of separatist groups and informal security outfits in the South-east and South-west of Nigeria, warning that they could be recipes for election violence in 2023.
An international delegation of the NDI and the IRI raised the alarm in Abuja yesterday while presenting its second joint pre-election assessment statement on Nigeria’s approaching 2023 elections.
According to them, while the secessionist agitation by Indigenous…
Source: Thisday Newspaper