The Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN,on Monday, felicitates with all Nigerians on the New year celebration, calling for a more peaceful 2019 especially throughout the election period.
Adebayo Oladeji, Special Assistant (Media& Communications) to the CAN President, Rev Samson Ayokunle in astatement said that without a peaceful and credible elections, Nigeria’s dry bone will not rise again.
He prayed for God’s intervention in the affais of the nation. “Our dry bones shall rise again in Jesus’ name.” He said.
Oladeji noted that 2019 is a crucial year for the country, he urged every stakeholders in the election process to shun election fraud, violence and embrace peace.
The statement read, “the year 2019 is a crucial year to all Nigerians because it is a year of general elections. I therefore urge all Nigerians to make sure that they abide in peace without being involved in violence throughout the year, especially before, during and after the election. We should all distant ourselves from electoral manipulation in whatever form.
“I urge politicians not to be too desperate to be voted into power and get themselves involved in using thugs to cause chaos or commit electoral fraud. Vote buying is evil, all stakeholders should shun it.
“All the law enforcement agencies, especially the Police and the Nigerian Civil Defence Corps deployed to maintain peace should not compromise their neutrality by working for desperate politicians.
“The military should not be dragged into the electoral process but instead, they should be allowed to face their primary responsibilities.
“Voters should not be intimidated and election observers should not be harassed like we witnessed in recent polls.
” The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and their personnel should maintain neutrality in their conducts before and throughout the period of the election.
“Let us remember that without a free, fair and credible election which will bring credible leadership, the dry bones of Nigeria will not rise again. “