- The World Bishops’ Council (WBC), Africa, is asking candidates in the Nigerian general election to accept the results
- The bishops note that Nigeria, being the heart of Africa, must do all within its powers to unite the continent, not divide it
- The senior clergymen urge President Buhari to build on the legacy left by his predecessor, Goodluck Jonathan
The World Bishops’ Council (WBC), Africa, on Friday, February, 22, challenged stakeholders in the Nigeria’s February 23, 2019 polls to ensure that the election is credible just as it asked the electorate to come out en mass and cast their votes.
The call by the bishops was contained in a statement, ‘Welcome to a New Nigeria’ and issued by the council’s spokesperson for Africa, Bishop Seun Adeoye on behalf of WBC, World Federation of Churches (WFC) and World Clergies Congress (WCC) Nuncio to Africa, Bishop Godspower Akandu.
In the statement made available to Legit.ng, the council urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), security agents and politicians in the country to help guarantee that the election processes are held according the electoral rules.
The bishops noted that Nigeria as ‘the heart of Africa’, Nigeria must do everything to keep the continent together as one.
“A lot of issues have been raised about Nigeria’s general election and the day is here. When two or more people contest in an election, only one person will definitely be declared as the winner.
“This should be the mindset of all politicians.
“WBC therefore urge politicians to accept the outcome of the results of the election in the spirit of sportsmanship. We should not drag the country to unnecessary crisis. War is costly. Nigeria must not go to war.
“We also call on President Muhammadu Buhari to build on the legacy built by former President Goodluck Jonathan who we are proud of and who showed a trait of a good Christian by accepting the results of the 2015 presidential election.
“INEC should do everything to ensure that the polls are free, fair and acceptable. Nothing should be done by officials of the electoral body to cast doubt on the credibility of the election.
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“The council also urged Nigeria voters to go out and cast their ballots for anyone they like and also avoid any form of violent act that can cause trouble. Let them maintain peace.
“We have sought for God’s intervention across the world and fervent prayers are being rendered for Nigeria. We are sure the election will be held without rancour and Nigeria will keep on as the giant of Africa. We welcome Nigerians to a new Nigeria where peace will reign and where prosperity will thrive,” the statement added.
Legit.ng earlier reported that the commissioner in charge of the Lagos police command, Zubair Muazu, pleaded with residents of the state who are eligible to vote to come out en masse and perform their responsibility in peace and harmony.
Nigerians will be going to the polls on Saturday, February 23 in an election that President Muhammadu Buhari battling against Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and many other candidates.
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