Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to sign the Electoral Reform Bill.
News Rain gathered that as the country celebrates its 60th independence anniversary, CAN President, Rev. Samson Ayokunle, has called on the president to sign the bill as well as revisit the 2014 National Conference report.
Nigeria@60: CAN Appeals To Buhari
Ayokunle made the appeal in a statement recently in Lagos in a Nigerian independence anniversary message, emphasizing the need for elections and electoral processes to be freer, fairer, and more credible.
He said: “We give glory to God at this unique time of the diamond jubilee anniversary of our nation. But for God, the country would have become balkanized as a result of the military misadventure to power, insecurity, unemployment, and of recent, the COVID-19 pandemic, that constitute the biggest threat to the country.”
Speaking further the clergyman said: “We urge President Muhammadu Buhari to sign the Electoral Reform Bill”.
“Our elections should be free, fair, and credible if we want the governed and other nations to respect our political leaders.
“We believe, with the right attitude from those who are in the position of leadership, coupled with God helping us, our tomorrow in Nigeria, shall be greater than today.
“However, it is necessary for all Nigerians, irrespective of our political, religious, and ethnic affiliations, to fear God, to love our nation, and love one another.
“This nation is blessed with human and material resources, let us engage them for our general good. As we begin the journey of another decade, we must adjust our strategy.”
In the same spirit of the national independence celebration, Ayokunle also called on the government to revisit the 2014 National Conference Report, with a view of using it to address some challenges militating against the peace and unity of the country.
He said: “We don’t need another conference if there is a political will to implement the report. It should just be sent to the National Assembly as a template, to guide the legislative process of better repositioning of Nigeria.
” We also call for improvement in the security architecture of the country.
“We are sad that both the security agents and the civilians continue to be killed by insurgents.
“May God heal our land and grant us victory over every challenge facing the country in Jesus Name,”
Ayokunle however maintained that the church and CAN would not cease to pray for the leaders for divine guidance, wisdom, and integrity.