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Global Churches council maintains solidarity with Nigeria

21 April 2015, 21:30

Lagos - The World Council of Churches (WCC) has assured it would maintain solidarity with Nigeria in the country's quest to end insecurity.

Our member churches will strive alongside you for the good of the Nigerian people and society, particularly over issues such as fighting corruption and insecurity," WCC General Secretary, Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, stated in a letter to Nigeria¹s president-elect, Muhammadu Buhari Tveit, on Tuesday.

"I share their belief that you, as President, will work for the good of all Nigerians, irrespective of religion or tribe, He congratulated Buhari on his victory in the March 28/29 poll.

I was greatly relieved that the election was able to take place without major incidents of violence, and I hope that the period of transition and your taking up your new office will remain similarly peaceful, said Tveit.

Member churches of the WCCin Nigeria, represented through the Christian Council of Nigeria (CCN), have been actively engaged in observing the recent Nigerian elections.

The CCN, a national ecumenical partner of the WCC, trained and deployed about 2000 domestic election observers in all the 36 states of the Nigerian federation and in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.

They observed the entire process of opening, accreditation, voting, counting and also the collation of results at the ward level and local government level.

Despite deep political divisions and unrest in the northeast of the country, Nigeria's elections in March were judged free and fair by

international observers, and the vote occasioned little violence and disruption, WCC noted.

The incessant loss of lives, poverty and multiple suffering of Nigerians can be curtailed if Nigerians take full responsibilities in electing leaders. Our involvement in the election observation exercise also helps establish whether the Nigeria 2015 general elections were credible, read a recent statement from Emmanuel Udofia, the CCN President and Rev. Dr Wushishi Yusuf, the CCN General Secretary. ­


- CAJ News


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