The Christian Association of Nigeria, has stated that the general elections in 2023 may not be credible.
The “biggest threats” to the 2023 elections, according to the association, are security challenges caused by the criminal activities of terrorists, bandits, and kidnappers in the country.
According to a statement issued on Wednesday, CAN President Rev Dr Samson Ayokunle made the claim on Tuesday evening during an interactive session between Christian leaders and a delegation led by Ms. Maria Arena, the EU Chief Election Observer.
The statement titled “Insecurity in the country is the most serious threat to the 2023 elections – CAN…’ . Ayokunle declares March 1st to be “Week of Soul Winning.”
Ayokunle, who is also the Co-Chairman of the Nigeria Inter-Religious Council, explained that the country’s security situation may prevent the general election from being credible, free, and fair if voters are not allowed to go out to exercise their inalienable rights for fear of being harmed, kidnapped, or killed.
“We call on the Federal Government and the security agencies to wake up to the security challenges in the country where terrorists, bandits and kidnappers are operating with impunity and nowhere is safe and secure again. If the trend continues, many voters may not participate and the outcome of the election may not be credible,” the CAN president said.
He also urged the Independent National Electoral Commission to be apolitical in its work and urged members of the commission who are members of the ruling party to resign or be flushed out in order to avoid tainted election results.
Ayokunle charged INEC with taking a leaf out of the Gambia’s book, where elections were recently held that were “far better” than Nigeria’s.