Abuja, 28 February, 2023 / 9:53 pm (ACI Africa).
Catholic Bishops in Nigeria are calling upon the country’s citizens to “remain calm, law-abiding and fervent in prayers” hours before Nigeria’s electoral body declared the President-elect in the February 25 general elections.
In the early hours of Wednesday, March 1, Nigeria’s electoral body, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), declared the ruling party candidate, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, winner of the presidential election, BBC News reported.
The BBC News report indicates that the 70-year-old veteran politician got “36% of the vote while his main rival Atiku Abubakar polled 29%, and Labour's Peter Obi 25%,” results that Nigeria’s main opposition parties have disputed.
In a statement issued February 28 on behalf of members of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN), Archbishop Lucius Iwejuru Ugorji urges “leaders of political parties to exercise restraint.”
“We appeal to all Nigerians to remain calm, law-abiding, and fervent in prayers,” Bishop Iwejuru who is CBCN President says, and adds, “In particular, we urge the leaders of political parties to exercise restraint.”