Former Vice President of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar, is insisting that elections should be conducted in the north east despite threats of insurgency.
He said that not conducting the exercise in the troubled zone would mean disenfranchising a huge population of Nigerians.
He also took a swipe on the President and the armed forces for the length of time expended in fighting Boko Haram fighters.
Atiku Abubakar told Channels Television correspondent, Paul Nwachukwu, that the relative peace being enjoyed now would again be broken if concerted efforts are not taken to reverse the trend.
Boko Haram has reportedly killed more than 5,000 civilians between July 2009 and June 2014, including at least 2,000 in the first half of 2014, in attacks occurring mainly in north-east, north-central and central states of the country.