The Christian Association of Nigeria of Nigeria (CAN) has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to sign the Electoral Reform Bill as the country commemorates its 60th independence anniversary.
CAN President, Samson Ayokunle, made the call in a statement released on Tuesday in Lagos. Ayokunle highlighted the need for elections and electoral processes to be freer, fairer, and more credible, he further urged Buhari to advance the process.
“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 balkanised 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,” he said.
The CAN president called on the President to sign the bill and 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 both those who are in the position of leadership, coupled with God helping us, our tomorrow in Nigeria, shall be greater than today.”
He also added that “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.”
Furthermore, Ayonkunle noted that the church and CAN would not stop to pray for the leaders, for divine guidance, wisdom, and integrity.
The CAN president also urged the government to reconsider the 2014 National Conference Report, with a vision to utilise it to address some encounters affecting the harmony and unity of the country.
“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 heals our land and grants us victory over every challenge facing the country in Jesus Name,” he said.