Mike Ejiofor, a former Director of the Department of State Services (DSS), has warned that the 2023 general elections will be canceled due to the country’s deteriorating security situation.
During an interview on Monday, Ejiofor urged the Federal Government to address insecurity as soon as possible.
“If we don’t get these things right before 2023 elections, if we don’t get these things sorted out the various security challenges in the various geopolitical zones, I can assure you that there won’t be elections,” he said.
“There will be a crisis in this country, there will be anarchy. We need to sort out this thing before 2023.
“Let us talk about this country before talking about elections. If we continue like this, there won’t be elections in 2023 because of series of agitations.”
In the midst of the country’s numerous security problems, Ejiofor supported many demands for restructuring, claiming that the change would aid in the resolution of various national issues.
The security official also criticized a situation in which states will converge on Abuja on a monthly basis to collect allocation, claiming that if governments look inward, they would be able to survive without the regular revenue.
He also addressed the controversy surrounding Isa Pantami, the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, and his past radical religious views.
Pantami had admitted his past views for the first time, but added that he had since renounced those extreme claims.
The Minister said the past radical ideas he was championing were due to age, immaturity, and limited knowledge. This excuse however has not calmed the Twitter storm which is threatening to sweep him from office.
But Ejiofor said there is no way the DSS wouldn’t have done a thorough check before his appointment as Minister in 2015.
He recalled that the secret service had prompted the Senate via a report which barred the National Assembly from confirming the appointment of a former acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu.
“I am not the spokesperson of the SSS but I can tell you that it would be difficult for that information to have passed the State Security Service.
“They must have it on record of his sympathy for Al-Qaeda and some of these terrorist organisations. If the State Security Service submits a report on an individual to government and government fails to act on it, who is to blame?” he questioned.