2023 general elections: CAN reveals major fear

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The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has said that the disturbing security situation in Nigeria might not allow the 2023 general elections to be free, fair and credible, if the voters are not allowed to go out to exercise their inalienable rights due to fear of being harmed, kidnapped or killed.

A statement obtained by POLITICS NIGERIA on Wednesday quoted CAN President, Reverend Samson Ayokunle, as making the assertion on Tuesday evening in an interactive session between Christian leaders and the European Union (EU) delegation led by the body’s Chief Election Observer, Ms. Maria Arena.

“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 observed that “the government appears to be struggling to nip the ugly situation in the bud, their present effort is far from being enough. We have been struggling with this situation now for the past thirteen years, yet, we are still where we are!”

Furthermore, Ayokunle called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to be apolitical in the assignment and asked the members of the commission who are card-carrying members of political parties to step down, or be flushed out in order to avoid compromised election results.

The article was originally published on Politics Nigeria.