A few hours rumour of coup filtered into Aso Rock, Nigerian Army has said that some Nigerian politicians are responsible for fuelling the increasing security challenges in the country.
Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, stated this when he received the House of Representatives Committee on Army at the Operation Lafiya Dole Headquarters in Maiduguri, Borno State.
He said security challenges like banditry, kidnapping and other violence in the country are sponsored by some Nigerian politicians.
According to The Sun, the Army Chief attributed the attacks by armed groups in the North West and North Central states to the fallout of the 2019 elections.
“The myriads of security challenges we are facing right now in the North West, North Central and other parts of the country, I believe and rightly so, is a fall-out of the just-concluded general elections. There is political-class’ interest,” reported The Sun.
Buratai accused Nigerian politicians who lost in the last general elections as being responsible for violent attacks across the country, “they saw their defeats as a way of trying to revenge”
The Army General also said there was “strong political undertone and strong political influence” about kidnapping cases in the country. “We have some strong evidence, but we are still being conscious so that we don’t get it wrong,” the COAS added.
Buratai urged the National Assembly leadership to call some politicians to order to consider national interest above personal or political interest.
The committee was led by Hon. Rimamnde Kwewum who said the committee was in Borno to wrap up its oversight function on army so as to write its report for the incoming 9th National Assembly. The committee visited the military hospital and other army locations in the state capital.
According to Asch Harwood, a research associate with the Council on Foreign Relations, election-related violence has been a feature since Nigeria returned to civilian rule in 1999.
Elections in Nigeria, as elsewhere, are high-stakes, winner-take-all contests. With so much on the line, they are often, if not always, accompanied by violence.
Politicians are all too willing to exploit simmering ethnic, religious, and regional divisions to gain political advantage.
They stoke community tension and even target their rivals and their rivals’ supporters. Not only do average Nigerians bear the brunt of such violence, the knock-on effects to the credibility of Nigeria’s political processes is hard to understate.
Election-related violence typically includes clashes between political party supporters, incidents that take place at campaign events, and attacks on existing or aspiring politicians.