The Chief of Defence Staff, General Lucky Irabor, has called on Nigerian politicians to put into consideration the necessity to have a secure state first, before vying for any elective position in the upcoming 2023 general elections.

He added that without security, elections in the country won’t be possible, urging politicians to ensure a peaceful atmosphere before, during and after election.

Irabo spoke at the National Defence College Security Seminar with the theme: ‘Emerging Security Threats in West Africa: Implications for Regional Security and Stability’, on Tuesday in Abuja.

He said ,“In the light of growing political activities towards 2023 elections in Nigeria, our politicians must factor the necessity to have a secure state first before vying for any elective position.

“Without a secure state, I must add, elections are mirage. It beholds on all of us to keep this in focus as we engage in political activities.“

Irabor also said the sub region had been witnessing an increase in the activities of non-state actors, thereby posing threats to regional security, political stability and economic development.

He said the spread of violent extremism, cross-border banditry, and kidnapping, among others, coupled with proliferation of small arms and light weapons, had negatively altered the security landscape of West Africa.

He said that national security was key to the growth and development of nations as well as regional stability, adding that the West African sub-region had been grappling with one form of security challenge or the other.

The Minister of Defence, Major General Bashir Magashi (retd.) said the rise in violent conflicts in West Africa had sparked concerns that emerging threats could undermine the security and stability of the sub-region.

He added that a combination of factors such as youth bulge and rising unemployment as well as upsurge in terrorism had created security challenges undermining national and regional stability.

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