President Muhammadu Buhari informed the military and police chiefs on Monday that Nigerians and the rest of the world are closely watching them and have high expectations for them to provide appropriate security to ensure a smooth general election in 2023.
When he unveiled vital operational assets acquired by the NPF at the Force Headquarters, Louis Edet House in Abuja, Buhari praised the Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba, for pushing his administration’s goal for police reform and for various other initiatives he had brought about.
Buhari said, “You should, however, be reminded of my high expectations of your leadership, particularly, in relation to the provision of requisite security that will engender not just stable security space ahead of the general election, but guarantee the credibility of the exercise.
“In this task, I call on the IGP and indeed, all law enforcement agencies that will be complementing the police in the election security process to note that the eyes of the nation and the global community will be on you all.”
The President reiterated the centrality of an efficient and responsive police force in strengthening democracy and the essence of the police reform and the re-equipping agenda which his administration has vigorously pursued.
He added, “We are running a democratic system which is guided by the rule of law, and the police worldwide is recognized as the most symbolic agency within the democratic governance and rule of law process.
“Therefore, any nation that is desirous of deepening her democratic credentials and advancing the course of rule of law must prioritise the efficiency of her police institution.”