2023: Elections may not reflect voters’ wishes if banditry continues – Prof Badmus

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Professor Walker Badmus, formerly of the Political Science at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, on Saturday, said if the present government expects free, fair, and credible elections in 2023, it should, as a matter of urgency, eradicate all forms of criminal activities going on around the country.

Professor Badmus who is now a visiting lecturer at the University of Lampola, Canada, bared his mind on the activities of bandits, and terrorists while speaking with DAILY POST in Kaduna on Saturday.

He noted that voters will not come out to vote if they are hungry or sick and their lives are not safe.

Badmus, who expressed sadness over the attack in Owo, Kajuru, Anambra, Lagos, Zamfara, and other states of the federation, noted that there is no way the country will hold elections successful if the country is on fire.

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“Let’s not deceive ourselves. Many Nigerians are tired, sick, and frustrated over the activities of terrorists. Some are in everlasting agony over the killing of their beloved one. Husbands are not happy that their captured wives, and daughters have been raped, in spite of the fact that there are no jobs. Jobs losses everywhere, no payment of gratuity or pension. Many are going through suffering with their BP rising daily,” He said

Professor Badmus feared that those who brought all manner of bandits- the politicians-may not want to end banditry soon, because they may use several of them during the election in 2023.

“Bandits don’t come themselves. Their invention of powerful politicians who wanted to win 2015, 2019 by all means. Now, 2023 is around the corner, they may still need them,” he said.

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