The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on Thursday advised the Kwara State Government to take proactive measures against electoral crises in the State.
Mrs Zainab Saidu, the Head, Minna Operations Office of the Agency made the call in a statement made available to News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
She stated that the Agency is advocating for proactive measures to be taken in order to prevent electoral crises in Kwara during the upcoming elections.
“The agency believes that by taking preventative steps, we can ensure a peaceful and orderly election process.
“NEMA is concerned about the potential for electoral violence and unrest, which can have devastating effects on the people of Kwara and the nation as a whole,” she said.
Saidu called on all political actors, community leaders, and citizens to exercise their rights and responsibilities peacefully, and to refrain from any form of violence or intimidation during the election period.
According to her, prevention is the best form of remedy in crises and disaster management.
She reiterated the resolve of the agency to continue with its responsibility of managing disaster in all its ramification.
She added that the agency will continue to sensitize the people of the need to remain peaceful particularly in the conduct of the 2023 general elections.
“In light of the above the agency strongly calls on politicians to ensure that their supporters operate within the ambit of the law.
“Politicians are also advised to imbibe the spirit of sportsmanship and channel their grievances appropriately as provided for in the Nigeria Constitution,” she said.
Saidu also urged the electoral commission and other relevant authorities to take all necessary measures to prevent and manage electoral crises.
She advised on the need for deployment of security personnel, the establishment of early warning systems, and the provision of adequate training for election officials.
“We urge all Nigerians to support our efforts to promote peace and stability during this critical period.
“Together, we can ensure a peaceful and successful election process for Kwara State and for our nation as a whole,” she said. (NAN).