The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has said that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) could not afford to fail in conducting a credible elections which has been scheduled for February and March, 2023.
The umbrella Christian body in Nigeria believed that failure was not an option for the electoral umpire having been given ample time to prepare for the elections.
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The CAN also called on Nigerians to see the elections as a time of peaceful transition of leadership and not war, adding that there is need for everyone to put away religious and ethnic bigotry and allow the will of God to prevail.
President of the CAN, Archbishop Daniel Okoh, gave the charge in a statement in issued, in Abuja titled, ‘CAN sues for peaceful 2023 elections.’
According to Archbishop Okoh, “On behalf of the national leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria, it is my honour and immense pleasure to join the call on citizens to resist any attempt to cause disharmony and disaffection ahead of the upcoming general elections.
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“We must see the elections as a time of peaceful transition of leadership and not war. Consequently, there’s need for all and sundry to put away religious and ethnic bigotry and allow the will of God to prevail. “The Independent National Electoral Commission, must ensure that this election is seamless, credible, and violence-free. The commission has no excuse to fail. Four years is enough time for it to have perfected the process and eliminated the glitches that featured in past polls.
“CAN calls on the authorities to beef up security, especially in communities vulnerable to attacks and ensure that no citizen is disenfranchised owing to precarious security situation in parts of the country. We charge the security agencies to be unbiased and remain neutral while discharging their duties, especially during the forthcoming general elections,” he said.