NEF Alleges Plot By Some Individuals To Interfere With 2023 Election
The Northern Elders Forum (NEF) has alleged some unidentified individuals are reportedly planning to interfere with the 2023 general elections starting February 25th.
The Director of Publicity and Advocacy of NEF, Dr Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, noted this in a statement issued on Friday, Naija News reports.
NEF, however, revealed its stand against any act capable of scuttling the initial plans for credible elections and a peaceful transition of power to another administration.
It said it had reviewed the difficult conditions under which Northerners and other Nigerians currently live, as well as concerns over the security of the elections, which will be conducted in February and March this year.
The Northern elites said rumours making the rounds suggest the possibility that the elections may not hold, and some kind of unconstitutional contraption may be forced on Nigerians after May this year.
NEF said those who peddle the rumours point to the near-desperate circumstances under which Nigerians live.
The statement reads: “They suggest that difficulties simultaneously imposed by insecurity, crushing inflation, fuel scarcity, exchange of old for new currency notes and others which affect impoverished Nigerians are deliberately contrived to inflame passions and trigger unrest which may poison the election environment or threaten its conduct.
“The Forum has no basis to support these conjectures. Nonetheless, it warns against any attempts to interfere with the conduct of credible elections and a peaceful transition to a new administration.
“The severe economic and social difficulties under which Nigerians live are indeed threats to peace and security. A solution must be found to improve the security of the citizen and the state. Fuel shortage can and must be eliminated immediately.”
NEF observed that the currency swap programme by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has not worked as planned, and it is strangulating economies, communities and the patience of the citizen.
“It should be revisited, particularly around its timelines and operations of the CBN and banks.
“Whatever its benefits, it cannot be of value if it destroys many aspects of the economy, or alienates already hard-pressed citizens further. The Forum advises a postponement of its deadlines and a major review of the utility of the continued stay of the leadership of the CBN in place,” NEF noted.
The Forum warns further that Nigerians will not accept to live under any arrangement that offends the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.