By Stanley Onyekwere
Ahead of 2019 general elections, authorities of the FCTA have commenced sensitization programme for security operatives on information management.
The one day event which was organised by FCT Security Service Department was aimed at achieving a violent free elections come 2019, just as security operatives were drawn from the Nigerian Police Force and Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).
Declaring the seminar open, the Director in charge of Security Security Department, Malam Maikasuwa Mohammed, said the sensitization has become imperative in view of the fact that politicians have started overheating the body politics.
He stressed the need for a violent free elections in the nation’s capital, noting that the Federal Capital Territory should be the yardstick to measure other states of the federation by potential investors.
On his part, one of the resource persons, Mr. Emmanuel Ogu, who spoke on the theme; “Importance of Security Information to a Violent Free Election”, observed that based on empirical investigations, both domestic and international political analysts have argued that the greatest obstacle to democracy consolidation in Nigeria is electoral violence.
The security expert also noted that education has been discovered to be a major strategy and weapon to curbing what he described as democratic impediment.
Also, the traditional ruler, HRH. Abdulsalam Musa, the Onu of Igala in Karu/Jikwoyi in FCT, who spoke at the occasion charged the FCT Security Service Department to organise more of such sensitization workshops aimed at curbing election violence in the Territory.
While commending the FCT Administration, the traditional ruler called for expanded stakeholders meeting to tackle challenges faced during and after elections.