Poll Shift: Christian body urges Nigerians to remain calm, prayerful
By Bukola Adetoye
Lagos, Feb.17, 2019 (NNN) The Christian Press Association of Nigeria (CPAN) has pleaded with Nigerians to remain calm and prayerful for successful polls, in spite of elections postponement by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
In a statement on Sunday in Lagos, President of CPAN Bola Adewara, said the sudden postponement of the General Elections, though not anticipated, was the will of God.
“Though INEC has attributed the postponement to logistics challenge and sabotage of the commission’s efforts, however, it was shocking that the postponement came just few hours to the elections,’’ Adewara said
He said the financial costs of the postponement were incalculable as some Nigerians had left their jobs, businesses and homes to travel to cast their votes.
“Some even shifted weddings, burials and other programmes slated for Feb. 16, to Feb. 23, before the postponement was announced,’’ he said.
CPAN said in spite of all these, Nigerians should take it in good faith, remain calm and very prayerful; and let God’s will be done.
“We must come out en mass and vote the candidates of our choice on Feb. 23 and March 9.
“We must never be discouraged and must never disenfranchise ourselves by refusing to participate in the elections.
“It is through voting that the future of our country will be defined and we will also exercise our civic duties.
“What we had set our minds on to do on Feb. 16, must not change, let us display it on Feb. 23 and March 9, respectively,’’ the CPAN helmsman said. (NNN)
Edited by Nyisom Dore