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
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
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
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
- CAJ News