Politics

Prophet calls for withdrawal of VIP security to protect INEC in upcoming elections

INEC Chairman Mahmood Yakubu and his colleagues are destabilized by incessant attacks on INEC facilities, in particular and Nigeria’s election infrastructures, in general.

Prophet Adegboyega Alao, the leader of the Cherubim and Seraphim Unification Church of Nigeria, has called on the Federal Government to withdraw some security officials attached to Very Important Persons (VIPs) and deploy them to provide maximum security for the officials and facilities of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) at the forthcoming general elections.

The cleric made this known during a press briefing on Monday, which heralded the church’s annual general conference.

The prophet’s call comes in light of recent attacks on INEC offices in some parts of the country, which he believes highlights the need for increased security deployed to protect INEC facilities in all 774 local governments in the country.

He emphasized that the government must provide maximum security for INEC officials and all those who play important roles in the forthcoming election, and that Nigerians will not accept any excuses if any of the INEC offices are attacked again.

Prophet Alao also criticized the government for being unconcerned about the country’s precarious situation and acting as if everything was well in the country.

He urged the government to stop keeping Nigerians in suspense about the cause of fuel scarcity and hike in pump prices, and added that Nigerians deserve to know if the government has removed subsidy and the cause of the hike in the prices of petrol and diesel.

According to the cleric, it is unfortunate that as one of the leading oil-producing countries in the world, Nigeria has no functioning refinery and spends huge foreign exchange on fuel importation.

He said this has led to inflation and an increase in the unemployment rate, and that the power supply has remained epileptic with factories finding it difficult to operate in Nigeria. He stated that Nigerians deserve better than this.

The conference, which begins on Thursday with the theme “Leadership: Opportunity Leading with Responsibility,” will afford the leaders and members of the church to review their activities in the last one year and chat about a way forward, especially on the Moses Orimolade University, which is nearing completion.

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