President Muhammadu Buhari has charged the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) to remain politically neutral and ensure the country delivers a successful election next year.
He made the call in Owerri, the Imo State capital, on Monday while declaring open the three-day Conference and Retreat for Senior Police Officers.
”As I have often observed, elections are local, and it is only when the votes truly count that the faith of the citizens in the democratic process can be demonstrated and government legitimacy assured,” presidential aide Garba Shehu quoted the President as saying.
”This can best be guaranteed through a well-policed election and security operations that are impartial, firm, and professional.
”This is what, on this day and occasion, I charge the Nigeria Police Force to deliver to the nation during the 2023 General Elections.
”I, therefore, task the Inspector General of Police to sustain his leadership standards that will guarantee a level playing field, and secure public space for the citizens to freely exercise their franchise, and for the outcome of the elections to be a true reflection of the people’s choices.”