Oritsejafor urges Christians, Muslims to protect each other

Ayoo Oritsejafor, CAN president

The President of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Ayo Oritsejafor, has admonished Nigerians to eschew violence as the Africa’s largest democracy goes to poll Saturday.

Mr. Oritsejafor, Friday, in a statement, stressed the need for citizens irrespective of “their religious, ethnic and political affiliations to embrace peace and ensure the safety of one another before, during and after the elections”.

While reminding Nigerians of the violence that followed the 2011 presidential election, the CAN president said both Christians and Muslims have the responsibility to ensure the elections are peaceful.

“God instructed in the Holy Bible and Koran that we should be our brothers’ keepers.

“Christians and Muslims must resolve to protect each other. We must ensure that Christians are safe in Muslim areas and vice versa. Nobody must be victimized on the basis of religion or ethnicity,” he said.

“While rights of individuals should be respected, CAN believes that Nigerians must be given their rights to vote for whoever they want. We call on Nigerians to vote according to their conscience in line with democratic principles and not through coercion.

“Our advice is vote and protect your votes, but avoid acts of violence that could threaten a credible electoral exercise,” he added.

Further, he appealed to Nigerians to support the Independent National Electoral Commission to conduct credible elections. The security agencies must also ensure citizens are protected during the elections, Mr. Oritsejafor added.

He expressed confidence that the elections, commencing in hours’ time, will not lead to the disunity of Nigeria.


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  • Daniel Ikwuagwu

    Sir, you lost the golden chance to make credible and unbiased calls that all and sundry could heed and honour the days you played yourself as a formidable political supporter of President Goodluck Jonathan, dragging the reputable office of the Christian Association of Nigeria.

    Your call would have resounded through boundaries and even penetrated hills and barriers. The Church and Nigeria need you now, more than ever. Maybe it is not too late. Maybe it is. We may never say until you have apologized to the Church. It is not a sin for a father to favour a child. But it is a wise father who employs tact, love for, and decorum in expressing his favoritism.

    A pentecostal in mindset myself, having sounded my warning over a year ago, I feel terribly distressed and disappointed that what I feared then has befallen you- the loss of your voice. Wealth cannot restore that. ONLY GOD CAN.

  • tundemash

    Who called this dog out ?????????

  • Xman Raji

    The same man that collected billions of naira and possibly sending instructing his foot soldiers to be sending text messages out to tell some people to vote for some particular candidate. Sir, please ur advice is not required at this time, the day of reckoning will come when u shall meet ur creator….