Foster Peace, Prioritize “competence”: Christian Leaders in Nigerian State to Electorate

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Representatives of Christian leaders in Nigeria’s Kano State are urging the electorate in the West African nation to foster peace and prioritize “competence” in choosing the political candidate to vote during the general elections scheduled for Saturday, February 25.

In a Thursday, February 23 statement, members of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Kano State say, “Promote peace and vote for somebody with competence, ability, somebody who understands our problems and is strong enough to work for the country.”

“Voters should be civil in their conduct, vote early, and comply with all laws and regulations governing the electoral process beginning from the accreditation process, using the newly introduced Bimodal Voters Accreditation System, BVAS, to counting and announcement of results to ensure peace and orderliness,” they add in the statement signed by CAN chairman in Kano State, Bishop John Namaza Niyiring of the Catholic Diocese of Kano.

They urge Nigerians “not believe everything seen on social media without proper verification to stop the spread of fake news that can cause problems,” 

CAN members in the Nigerian State caution against misinformation and disinformation. They urge Nigerians to “direct complaints to security personnel or machinery put in place rather than resorting to disputes as well as tolerate other people’s opinions despite political affiliations, as respect for the views of others is key to maintaining civility.”


They call on political candidates and their followers “to accept the result of a free, fair and credible election but where in doubt and necessary, seek judicial means rather than take laws into their hands, which will in the end breach peace.”

“Acceptance of a credible election will enable the installation of a legitimate government, and promote stability and peaceful co-existence, which will in the end bring about political and socio-economic development as well as growth in the country,” CAN members in Kano State say.

They add that fostering peace during the election “is essential for Kano State and the country in general, as it provides hope for a better future, particularly for the youth of our society, who are the true ambassadors of the future.”

Jude Atemanke is a Cameroonian journalist with a passion for Catholic Church communication. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of Buea in Cameroon. Currently, Jude serves as a journalist for ACI Africa.