Elections: disregard cynicism; vote wisely, Catholic Bishops urge Nigerians

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The Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) has
advised Nigerians to put away cynicism and make wise choices in the forthcoming
general elections.

The bishops encouraged Nigerians to end the era of “sit on
the fence” and deeply participate in the electoral processes that would herald
the emergence of new political leaders in Nigeria.

CBCN President, Most Rev. Augustine Akubeze, in a statement
released in Abuja recently, asked politicians to eschew comments and actions that
could increase existing political tensions.

He said: “Expectedly, there is a lot of anxiety and we are
right to feel a sense of trepidation largely because of our past few years’
experiences.

 “However, in spite of
everything, we have remained united in prayers for a new dawn for our nation.
Our hope does not disappoint us because the love of God has been poured into
our hearts.”

He appealed to the security agencies and the Independent
National Electoral Commission (INEC) to rise to their duties and
responsibilities to ensure that the country has peaceful, free, fair and
credible elections.

He reiterated that the primary responsibility of achieving
free, fair and credible polls lies with the government. “We are encouraged by the
recent declaration of the president in this regard. Undoubtedly, our future
depends on this and we urge the relevant bodies to put our nation before any
other consideration.”

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