On the basis of the endorsement given by international observers and monitors of the last elections in Nigeria, CANUK joins other well wishers of Nigeria in congratulating President Goodluck Jonathan GCFR on his victory at thePresidential elections that took place on Saturday, the 16th ofApril 2011.
On Saturday, the 2nd of April 2011, in collaboration with the Nigeria High Commissionin London, CANUK organised “A Day of Prayer” for Nigeria, a pivotal event with leaders from the Christian and Muslim faiths coming together to pray for free and fair elections and to take a common stand against religious and political violence in our beloved country.
Nigerians, and Nigeria-related organisations in the United Kingdom utterly condemn the violence, killings, burning and looting in some parts of Nigeria. This brutal reaction to the results of the last elections in Nigeria is unacceptable to the generality of Nigerians who live in the Diaspora. As a responsible organization which represents all Nigerians in the United Kingdom, CANUK cannot sit and watch some Nigerians kill themselves just because of elections.
We call on the participants in the last Presidential elections to call their supporters to order. Nigerian politicians must realize that violence and brutality does not solve any issue but only results in injuries, deaths as well as the destruction of valuable properties. It also projects our country and people in bad light to the outside world. We warn that Nigeria is bigger than the politicians, political parties and their supporters. CANUK hereby calls on all aggrieved politicians to follow due process as laid down in the country’s constitution.We must stop this instigation of supporters to violence.
Mr President, on behalf of Nigerians in the United Kingdom, CANUK’s Executive Council led by our Chairman, Mr Bimbo Roberts Folayan is pleased to remind you of our support and assistance in proffering solutions to the numerous problems confronting our country. The very rich resource of Nigerians in Great Britain and Northern Ireland in
every field of endeavour– medicine, law, entertainment, transport, media, politics, finance, engineering, law enforcement, business, project management, and etcetera are available to the government and people of Nigeria.
The Central Association of Nigerians in the United Kingdom (CANUK).
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Released by the Publicity Secretary, Shola Oluseitan.
Contact: PRO@canuk.org.uk. 19th April 2011.
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The Central Association of Nigerians in the United Kingdom (CANUK) is the umbrella body representing Nigerians, and Nigeria-related organisations in the UK. CANUK, made up of member-organisations, is the voice of about 2 million Nigerians in Britain.