Leaders of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, on Friday urged President Muhammadu Buhari to intensify efforts to secure the release of Leah Sharibu, the remaining Dapchi school girl currently in Boko Haram's custody.
CAN made the call during a meeting with Buhari at the Presidential Villa, led by its President, Samson Ayokunle.
Ayokunle also demanded the release of detained former National Security Adviser, NSA, Col. Sambo Dasuki and the leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, IMN, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky,
In his address, Ayokunle urged the President to improve on the credibility of the 2015 polls that brought him into power by ensuring that next year’s general elections are freely and fairly conducted.
“A Presidential Order to the Police and other security agencies to be non-partisan, neutral and apolitical in the coming general elections, with a view to securing international respect and honour for our country in the comity of nations.
“The degree of desperation we saw in the politicians during the intra-party elections that took place recently do not give many people hope concerning 2019 unless serious steps are taken to let decency prevail. We appeal to you to make sure that the law enforcement agents and the election umpire do their work professionally without intimidation of voters, manipulation and any trace of violence throughout the period of elections.
“We believe that the survival and peace of Nigeria are greater than the ambition of any politician.
“We again request that your administration conducts free and fair election that will add to the accolades the country received from the conduct of the 2015 elections that brought you to power.”
Aside the 2019 elections, Ayokunle also raises concern over the killings in Benue, Adamawa, Benue, and Zamfara.
“The menace of bandits in states like Zamfara and Kebbi has become a nightmare, coupled with the unending killings by herdsmen in the North-Central geopolitical zone, especially in Plateau, Benue and Taraba states.
"Not only have these attackers killed hundreds of innocent lives on the Plateau, they are presently occupying homes of their victims in Gashish District of Plateau State."
However, CAN calls for the “a total overhauling of the security system with a view to replacing security chiefs who have overstayed their welcome.”