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Published On: Tue, Jan 1st, 2019

Don’t drag military into electoral process, CAN President warns

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…Urges INEC to maintain neutrality

By Lateef Ibrahim, Abuja

Ahead of the 2019 general elections, the President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Rev Dr Samson Olasupo Ayokunle, has warned against dragging the nation’s military into the electoral process.
Rather, he advised that the military personnel should be allowed to face their primary responsibilities.
Ayokunle equally maintained that 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 CAN President said these in his New Year message to Nigerians entitled, “Nigeria’s Dry Bone Shall Rise Again”, which was made available to journalists yesterday in Abuja.
He similarly advised that 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, he admonished, should maintain neutrality in their conducts before and throughout the period of the election.
Rev Ayokunle said, “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.
“It is my prayer that the year will be full of the goodness of God for us all in the name of Jesus.
“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,” he said.

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