The Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, has issued a message to politicians and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) ahead of the 2019 general election.
Reverend Samson Ayokunle, President of CAN, asked politicians in the country to quit desperation for power,avoid vote buying come 2019.
Ayokunle gave the charge in the New Year message signed by Pastor Adebayo Oladeji, the Special Assistant (Media and Communications) to CAN president.
Stressing that 2019 is crucial in Nigeria’s history, Ayokunle beckoned on Nigerians to be peace loving and refuse to be involved in electoral manipulations.
CAN president also urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to be neutral before and after the elections, prevent harassment of voters.
Ayokunle advised the military not to be dragged into the electoral process in 2019 but instead, they should be allowed to face their primary responsibilitie
The message read; “On behalf of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), I bring New Year greetings to all Nigerians at home and abroad in the name of Jesus Christ Our Lord and Saviour.
“I pray that 2019 will be a year of peace, prosperity, rest of mind and a year when the Almighty God will miraculously intervene in the affairs of our nation. Our dry bones shall rise again in Jesus’ name.
“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.
“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.
“It is my prayers that the year would be full of the goodness of God for us all in the name of Jesus. Wishing you a prosperous New Year!”