Governor Ahmadu Fintiri of Adamawa State has suspended all activities of all non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in the state.
Fintiri who addressed a press briefing at Government House in Yola on Tuesday afternoon said the reason for the suspension was to avoid vote buying associated with NGOs.
“It has become evident that most NGOs are dabbling into politics in the name of providing humanitarian assistance to the people. Government can’t fold its arms and watch such so-called NGOs mislead the people and inject divisive tendencies into their psyche.
“In furtherance of our desire to reorder the electoral behaviour of our people and remove the influence of NGOs who have reduced their statutory mandate to that of vote buying machine, government has decided to suspend the activities of local and international NGOs throughout the state until March 15, 2023, when the elections are over,” the governor said.
He explained that the step was taken by government to deepen democracy and protect the humanitarian mandate of NGOs.
The governor appealed to members of the public to be calm over the results of Saturday’s presidential and National Assembly elections now being released.
“No election is worth the life of any citizen in the state. I, therefore, urge every citizen to embrace peace and let the process proceed,” the governor said.
He warned troublemakers to keep off the state, as his government would not allow such people to have their way.
“Misguided elements will be held to account for their acts,” he warned.