2023 Election: United Kingdom, European Union, Australia Issue Security Alerts
Written by Adewale Adeyemi on January 20, 2023
The United Kingdom and Australia have asked their citizens to avoid travel to Nigeria in the latest security advisories issued on Thursday. Also, the European Union warned that insecurity might prevent elections from being held in parts of the country, adding that the “security climate” was very hostile.
Recall that in October last year, the United States, UK, Canada, Germany, and Bulgaria issued terror alerts, warning their citizens in Nigeria to avoid shopping malls, religious centres and hotels which they said could be targeted by terrorists.
In an updated travel advisory on Thursday, the Australian government urged its citizens to reconsider or shelve their intending visits to Nigeria. Corroborating the Australian alert, the United Kingdom government also warned that protests might break out during the election.
Similarly, the European Union on Thursday raised concerns about the security challenges in Nigeria, warning that it might significantly constitute a threat to the forthcoming general elections, if not addressed.
Meanwhile, the Nigeria Police Force through the Force Public Relations Officer, Olumuyiwa Adejobi dismissed the report, saying the country is safe, even for the elections.