The President of the Nigeria Baptist Theological Seminary (NBTS), Ogbomoso, Emiola Nihinlola, has called on INEC and the police to maintain neutrality during the 2019 general elections.
He gave the advice at a news conference held in Ogbomoso to herald the seminary’s 2018 Annual Ministers’ conference.
Nihinlola is also the Vice-Chairman, Association for Christian Theological Education in Africa (ACTEA) and the Director, International Council for Higher Education, West Africa Network.
Nihinlola, a professor of Theological Studies, said the two agencies have critical roles to play in the electoral process.
“These agencies should be neutral and be unbiased umpires. It is time for Nigeria to move forward socially, economically, politically and spiritually.
“As the nation prepares for elections in 2019, we also call on the political class to respect the rule of law and constitutionality,’’ he said.
He called on political parties to embrace internal democracy, urging politicians to learn the modern art of power-sharing and peaceful resolution of conflicts.
Nihinlola also urged aspiring leaders not to force themselves on the populace.
“We must not allow our youths to engage in thuggery. Politics is never a do or die affair. Our vote is our power and it is not meant to be sold.
“We must be discerning and elect God-fearing people who would lead us for a common good and development of our society,’’ he said.