Mobilising 60,000 Policemen On Election Day Was A Bad Idea – Okupe
- Impossible to hold free election where youths practice cultism openly
- Politicians responsible for youths violence
Dr Doyin Okupe, a former Senior Special Assistant on Public Affairs to former President Goodluck Jonathan says mobilising 60,000 to Bayelsa and Kogi State on the day of election was a bad idea.
Okupe expressed his views on his Facebook Page on Saturday morning after the news of gunshot exchange reported in the two states.
The former spokesman said it was impossible to peacefully hold elections in states where youths openly display guns and machete.
“News report (AIT) confirmed that exchange of gunshots between security forces and armed youths in Iyangba LGA in Kogi state, with accompanying nefarious activities including ballot snatching etc.
“It is impossible to hold free and fair elections in a community where hundreds of thousands of youths are clustered and openly engaged in Cultism characterized a violent display of guns, machetes, hard drugs etc.”
Okupe opined that the anti-social services are entrenched and pervasive in most communities in Nigeria.
He added that “The police, security agents, traditional rulers and community leaders are fully aware and yet everyone pretends all is well. Mobilising 60,000 policemen to such communities just on the day of the election, with an existing army of 200,000 and more youths cannot produce the desired result.”
Okupe condemned the mobilisation of 60,000 security agents to a violence-prone state(s) on the day of the election, describing it as a waste of resources.
He suggested that “Months before elections, security agents ought to have been deployed to do underground exercises, comb the communities thoroughly, apprehend mischief-makers and make serious attempts to search for and confiscate illegal weapons. That is what will work.”
The ex-spokesman urged politicians to change their attitudes of focusing on quick, temporary and superficial solutions for deeply entrenched problems, then move on uncaringly after.
He cited that “A governor or minister needs to get to a destination fast and is confronted with traffic chaos due to bad roads, he unleashes policemen to create a passage for himself by all means possible. After he has passed the rest of the populace is left to sort themselves out with the problem persisting.”
This same attitude is used to ensure “violence-free” elections.”