The Christian Association of Nigeria has stated that the 2023 general elections may additionally not be credible
This is as the association described protection challenges, occasioned by way of the criminal activities of terrorists, bandits and kidnappers in the country, as the “biggest threats” to the 2023 elections.
A declaration on Wednesday quoted CAN President, Rev Dr Samson Ayokunle, as making the statement on Tuesday nighttime in an interactive session between Christian leaders and the European Union delegation led by using the EU Chief Election Observer, Ms. Maria Arena.
The assertion used to be titled, ‘Insecurity in the united states of america is the largest chance to 2023 elections – CAN … Ayokunle Declares First Week of March as Week of Soul Winning’.
“The EU Delegation desired to be aware of the role of the Association on the instruction of all the stakeholders – the Independent National Electoral Commission, the protection organizations and the political parties,” the assertion added.
Ayokunle, who additionally doubles as the Co-Chairman of the Nigeria Inter-Religious Council, defined that the safety scenario in the u . s . may now not enable the regular election to be credible, free and truthful if the voters are no longer allowed to go out to exercising their inalienable rights due to the fact of concern of being harmed or kidnapped or killed.
“We name on the Federal Government and the protection companies to wake up to the safety challenges in the u . s . a . the place terrorists, bandits and kidnappers are working with impunity and nowhere is protected and impervious again. If the vogue continues, many voters can also now not take part and the effect of the election can also now not be credible,” the CAN president said.
He located that “the authorities seems to be struggling to nip the unsightly state of affairs in the bud, their existing effort is some distance from being enough. We have been struggling with this scenario now for the previous 13 years, yet, we are nonetheless the place we are!”
He additionally referred to as on the Independent National Electoral Commission to be apolitical in the task and requested the participants of the fee who are card-carrying individuals of the ruling celebration to step down or be flushed out in order to keep away from compromised election results.
Ayokunle tasked INEC to borrow a leaf from its counterpart in Gambia the place their recently-conducted elections had been “far better” than Nigeria’s elections.
“Gambia’s elections had been extra credible, free and fair. It was once additionally free from protection harassment and there was once a degree taking part in area for all the events involved.
“We are supposed to be doing higher due to the fact we have extra sources and extra capability than Gambian,” he added.