Less than 37 days earlier than the final election, the UK and Australian governments issued new security warnings for residents planning to journey to or already in Nigeria.
Last October, nations such because the US, UK, Canada, Germany, and Bulgaria issued terrorist threats.
Foreign embassies, warning their residents in Nigeria, have famous that the alleged terrorists will assault authorities constructions, homes of worship, faculties, markets, malls, lodges, bars, eating places, sporting occasions, transportation hubs, police stations and worldwide organizations.
The federal authorities has dismissed the security recommendation as false and guaranteed Nigerians to go about their lawful enterprise because the nation is secure.
In an up to date journey advisory dated January 19, the Australian authorities knowledgeable its residents of the excessive danger of electoral violence, urging them to rethink their journey to those that intend to go to the nation.
The Australian authorities assertion learn partially: “Nigeria has scheduled nationwide and state elections between 25 February and 11 March.
The danger of election-related violence is excessive. You ought to keep away from any political gatherings and election-related web sites main as much as, throughout, and after this era.
“The offices of the Independent National Electoral Commission across the country have already been targeted and should be avoided. There have been politically motivated killings and kidnappings, and the threat of further incidents remains high.”
For these intending to go to the nation, the overseas authorities has urged them to “rethink their journey wants. We have reviewed our Nigeria journey ideas and now advise you to rethink your want for a visit to Abuja.
Confirming, the Australian and UK governments additionally warned that protests might erupt in the course of the election.
The UK authorities stated: “Nigeria will maintain a nationwide election in February 2023 and there may be an elevated danger of protests throughout this era.
“Political rallies, protests and violent demonstrations can happen throughout the nation with out being observed. International information occasions can typically provoke anti-Western demonstrations.”