A former Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Attahiru Jega, has blamed reckless politicians for attacks on INEC facilities across the country.
Jega apportioned the blame during an interview with journalists during the public presentation of a book titled, ‘Post-Election Assessment of Conflict Management Mechanisms in Nigeria, 2019 and Beyond’, written by an international human rights organisation, Henry Dunant Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue.
The study, conducted by Professor Freedom Onuoha and Dr Gbemisola Animasaun in partnership with the Embassy of Federal Republic of Germany and the Governments of Canada and Norway, was aimed at ascertaining whether prevailing conflicts had a bearing on elections and their outcomes or not, amongst other objectives.
The publication covered Adamawa, Benue, Imo, Kano, Kaduna, Plateau, Rivers and Lagos states.
While stating that the country needed a secure environment to conduct free, fair and credible elections, Jega called on the Federal Government to protect INEC to discharge its duties.
He noted partly, “Unfortunately, what we are seeing is a criminal activity, but most likely promoted or sponsored by some of our reckless politicians and people who have recognised that a lot of reform measures have been introduced, which will prevent them from interfering with the electoral process”.