Dr Shehu Chindo-Yamusa, the Emir of Keffi in Nasarawa state, has urged security agencies and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to remain apolitical ahead of the 2019 poll.
The monarch made the remark on Thursday in Lafia, while addressing participants at the Security Summit organised by the state command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC).
He stressed the need for security agencies in the country to re-orientate their personnel on the management of electoral violence with a view to improving security during and after the election.
He urged security agencies to monitor activities of political parties to guard against hate speech and other incisive tendencies capable of igniting violence before, during and after the poll.
He also urged INEC to ensure level playing field for all political parties towards achieving a peaceful and a credible democratic process, adding that as electoral umpire, any untoward disposition by the commission could mar the process and set the tone for violence.
The Royal Father also advised traditional and religious leaders to support INEC in the crusade for against electoral violence in 2019.
Speaking at the event, Dr Abdulrahman Ajidagba, INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in the state, said the commission was working assiduously towards conducting free, fair and credible poll in 2019.
Ajidagba expressed optimism that given the preparation so far, the 2019 election would be an improvement over the 2015 poll.
He however, stressed the need for all stakeholders to take responsibility and play by the rules in order to have a successful and credible election devoid of violence in 2019.
Earlier, Mr Mahmoud Fari, the state NSCDC Commandant said the essence of the summit was for stakeholders, especially security agencies to synergise and fine tune arrangements towards a peaceful 2019 election.
He maintained that the task of protecting lives and property was a collective responsibility involving the traditional institution, civil society organisations, religious bodies, as well as women and youth groups
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