The National Security Council yesterday said desperate politicians may whip up ethno-religious sentiments to create security situation in the country after the 2019 general elections.
The council stated this at the end of its meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the State House Villa, Abuja.
Members of the Council include; the National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno; Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan- Ali, the Chief of Defence Staff, General Gabriel Olonisakin, Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai; Chief of Naval Staff, Rear Admiral Ibok Ekwe Ibas;
Others are Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshall Abubakar Sadique; Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ahmed Abubakar, Inspector General of Police Ibrahim Idris and the Director General of Department for State Service (DSS), Yusuf Magaji Bichi.
The meeting which started around 3.pm lasted till around 5.pm. Defence Minister, Mansur Dan-Ali, in a statement by his spokesperson, Colonel Tukur Gusau, said the council recommended deployment of security agencies to states to make the elections peaceful.
He said the deployment would further douse down tension created by the outcome of the political parties’ primaries.
“The meeting also discussed attempt to put pressure on electoral body by some notable personalities through demonstrations which was brought under control by combine efforts of security agencies to avoid being hijacked by hoodlums and armed bandits.
“Another area of security concern includes post- election violence, as desperate politicians may whip up ethno- religious sentiments to create security situation in the country,” he said.
He also said the council expressed concern over the proliferation and stockpiling of weapons,” by some disgruntled elements with a desire to take laws into their hands at the slightest opportunity.”