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    Christian group demands credible 2019 polls, sack of security chiefs

    APA – Lagos (Nigeria)

    The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to put necessary measures in place to ensure that the 2019 general elections are conducted peacefully.

    The President of CAN, Rev. Samson Ayokunle, said during a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday in Abuja that the government should replace the security chiefs, ‘who have overstayed their welcome’.

    He urged President Buhari to probe the killings in the country and direct the security agencies to be nonpartisan during the elections.

    Ayokunle said that the government should respect the rule of law and release the leader of the Shiite group, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, and others who have been granted bail by various courts.

    The other demands made by CAN included directing the Army to stop using live bullets in quelling civil disturbances and an order to the Police to provide protection to any group of people engaging in peaceful protest as the law and modern-day democracy allow.

    An urgent resolution of the controversies on the ongoing dialogue over the new minimum wage.

    A concerted effort on the part of your government to ensure Nigeria does not return to the dreaded economic recession.

    An appeal to all political parties to shun vote buying with a view to letting the votes of the people count, come 2019.

    Setting up of a judicial panel of enquiry to look into the incessant killings in the North-central with a view to unmasking perpetrators and bringing them to book to serve as a deterrent to others.

    And more importantly, issue a presidential order to the security agencies to secure the release of Miss Leah Sharibu, who has been in the captivity of Boko Haram, and the remaining 112 Chibok girls and other innocent Nigerians still held by terrorist organisations.


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