The Christians Association of Nigeria (CAN), Ekiti chapter, has appealed to the police and other security agencies, as well as the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), to be neutral during the July 14 governorship election in the state.
CAN stated this at its plenary meeting held at First Baptist Church, Odo Ayedun in Ikole Local Government Area of Ekiti State on Friday.
The religious body wants the police and INEC to create a good atmosphere for free, fair and credible election.
In the communiqué jointly signed by its State Chairman, Rev. Joshua Orikogbe, and Secretary, Rev. Ipinlaye Samuel, CAN said: “We implore INEC and security agencies to be neutral and independent and create conducive atmosphere for free, fair and credible election.
“We call on all Christians to go out and vote for candidates of their choice without fear or intimidation. We also appeal to losers to embrace the winner and equally strive to abide by the rules of election.
“We solicit that the federal government should expedite action for speedy release of Leah Sharibu, one of the schoolgirls who has been in captivity for over three months.
“The federal government should not just release her, they should bring her captors and the perpetrators of all form of killings in Nigeria to book while we charge our people to be security conscious wherever they may be”.