Chris Steven, Abuja
The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) says many voters might be disenfranchised from voting in the forthcoming elections if efforts at curtailing insurgency is not increased.
The Christian umbrella body said that the present efforts of the government in providing security were not yielding the needed results as wanton killings have continued, especially in some States in the northern part of the country.
“Boko Haram appeared to have resurrected again, decimating communities in Borno and Yobe States in particular, not sparing soldiers,” says CAN in a communique issued at the end of its first quarter meeting held in Abuja.
“This resurgence of insecurity in the Northeast portends danger for the forthcoming general elections if efforts at curtailing it are not increased.”
It however commended President Muhammadu Buhari for the continuous reassurance that all will be done by the government to make the forthcoming general elections free, fair and credible.
The association also implored the president to make sure that all the promises were transformed into reality through concrete efforts that would prevent violence and other electoral malpractices.
On electoral malpractices, CAN called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the Police and other security agents not to make themselves available to be used for rigging or any form of electoral malpractice by the politicians.
“No voter or election observer must be intimidated or harassed throughout the period of the election,” it said.
“We equally urge politicians to run away from vote buying while the electorates should not allow anybody to buy their votes. If you sell your vote, you sell your future.”
Speaking on fight against corruption, CAN reaffirmed its support for all efforts of government geared towards stamping out corruption from the country.
But it cautioned that efforts geared towards stamping out corruption from Nigeria must follow due process of the law while the independence of each arm of government for peace and harmony in the society must be well maintained.
“Wisdom and caution should be applied by those in government and other Nigerians in all that we do so that our actions and speeches might not set our nation on fire at this crucial period of election,” CAN said.