The federal government has stated that no separatist group will be allowed to disrupt the next governorship election in Anambra state.
At a meeting of the Inter-Agency Consultative Committee on Election Security (ICCES) in Abuja on Thursday, National Security Adviser (NSA) Major General Babagana Monguno (Rtd) issued the warning.
Mugono spoke against the backdrop of some of the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra’s (IPOB) recent activities in the Southeast.
Unidentified hoodlums carried out a series of attacks on government institutions in May of this year, including setting fire to the INEC headquarters in Anambra.
Though the police accused members of IPOB of being responsible for the attacks, the group vehemently denied such allegation.
There are also concerns that the separatist organization may call for a boycott of the November 6 governorship election by state citizens.
However, Mungono, who was represented by Sanusi Galadima, cautioned that the government would not accept any attempt to sabotage the election.
He said: “With the prevalence of security threats occasioned by different dissident separatist groups in the Southern region of the country, who are bent on scuttling efforts of government in achieving national cohesion and undermining the democratic processes in the country, the Federal Government of Nigeria will not tolerate any group or persons planning to impede smooth conduct of elections.
“While acknowledging the constitutional rights of citizens to freely express their legitimate grievances within the ambits of the law, it is also important to state that the Federal government will not abdicate its constitutional responsibility of securing lives and property as well as a secure environment for citizens to pursue their legitimate means of livelihood”, he stated.
As a result, the NSA assured of extensive security measures to neutralize any threats and ensure a peaceful election process.