The Niger State Commissioner of Police, Ogundele J. Ayodeji, has disclosed that heads of security agencies met to review the security situation of the state and brainstormed to ensure the successful conduct of the forthcoming general elections. He explained that the meeting was in compliance with Usman Alkali Baba’s directives towards ensuring adequate security and conducive environment for the 2023 general elections. The heads of security agencies reviewed the security situation of the state and brainstormed on pooling resources such as manpower, vehicles, and other logistics, as well as ensuring strategic deployment of security personnel and operational assets for the forthcoming general elections. Pray for a free, fair and credible 2023 general elections leading to stable and good government. Pray for Nigerians to submit to God’s authority and hope for a better future (The Bible, Psalm 91:1).
Niger is in 33rd position in the World Watch report 2022 by Open Doors as Christian persecution is increasing. Mohamed Bazoum is the President since 2 April 2021 and the current Prime Minister of Niger is Ouhoumoudou Mahamadou, since 3 April 2021. Niger is one of the poorest countries in the world where the agricultural economy is frequently destroyed by drought, making it insufficient to support the growing population. Unfortunately, slavery is still practiced in isolated areas of the country. Nigerian children are trafficked for labor in gold mines, sexual exploitation, and begging. Women are abducted and sold into domestic servitude or prostitution, and young boys are kidnapped for work in stone quarries. Less than one percent of the population claims the Christian faith. Ninety-seven percent of the nation is Muslim, with 76% of the people listed as unreached ethnic groups. An increased threat of violence from militant groups like Boko Haram against Christians persists.