The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has revealed that it will not be endorsing any presidential candidate for the 2019 elections.
This was said by the association’s president Samson Ayokunle, in a statement signed by Adebayo Oladeji, his special assistant on media and publicity.
According to Premium Times, Ayokunle said the association is apolitical, and is for God and His people, and so the need for endorsing a candidate does not arise.
Our members cut across all political divides and some of them are even contesting for one post or the other including the presidential. So, the idea of endorsing any candidate as favourite does not arise.
We have not and will not endorse any candidate for any elective office in the country.
However, in our federal system, it is crucial for all constituents to commit to respect the fundamental human rights of other groups as enshrined in the 1999 Constitution as amended.
It is against this background that CAN raise serious concerns with the candidates over the sustained violent attacks and persecution of the Church in Nigeria today.
CAN understands that if the principle of good governance (transparency, accountability, equity, inclusiveness and consensus building) are the hallmarks of governance, it would lead to accelerated development and prosperity for the people of Nigeria. This is our sincere desire, hope and prayer.