The Nigerian government has advised voters in Anambra state to ignore threats from the Indigenous people of Biafra(IPOB) group over the upcoming November 18th Gubernatorial Elections in the state.
The director-general of the National Orientation Agency(NOA), Dr Garba Abari, assured Anambrarians that Security agencies were fully on ground to handle any unrest. It will be recalled that on Friday, IPOB held a heavy protest march in Onitsha chanting ‘Vote and Die’. Abari said;
“We want the federal government to produce Nnamdi Kanu with immediate effect or there will be no peace. Come vote and die. If you vote, you will die.
The renewed threat by IPOB is not taking the authorities by surprise. All adequate measures to checkmate their excesses and those and other unlawful groups with regards to the election are already in place.
The security agencies are prepared to forestall any breakdown of law and order and to protect voters, other election actors and the general public toward a hitch-free election.
Also, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is very prepared to conduct the election. Let no one be afraid or in doubt; the election will hold on November 18 and will be free and credible. Voters are therefore implored to turn out en masse, without fear of intimidation, and freely cast their votes”.