Dr. Bolaji Akinyemi, BOT Chairman Project Call Victory PVC-Naija, and the newly appointed President Legacy Initiative International a coalition of major N.G.O’s involved in election awareness in Nigeria receiving the gift of a book titled; THERE IS ALWAYS A ROOM, authored by the human “library” and father of the Nigeria nation, Former President Olusegun Obasanjo (PHD).
After a fruitful deliberation on the state of the nation and the way forward, on Thursday the 24th of May 2018, at the Pent House, of the Olusegun Obasanjo Library Complex, Abeokuta, Ogun State, South West Nigeria.
Dr Bolaji Akinyemi speaking on the coming 2019 elections in the country asked Nigerians not to give up on the country. He said: “We cannot afford to give up on Nigeria because it is not over for this country. Nigeria is what it is because we have not given it the desired approach. A new Nigeria must build institutions and processes, not individuals with larger-than-life outlook”.
The organisation through the Chairman had earlier drawn the attention of NASS on voting patterns. Dr Akinyemi said, ‘’One of these disenfranchised categories of Nigerians is the entire members of the seventh day Adventist church which is a major Christian denomination with a significant presence in Nigeria.
The church has over two million adults in her membership and worship on Saturdays, not for personal reasons but biblical and these are founded in the holy scriptures and dates back to the creation. They believe that the Sabbath is a holy day and should not be used for any personal, civic or public business,’’ he said.
Akinyemi added since general elections in Nigeria are held on Saturday, the over two million adults of voting age in the seventh day Adventist church in Nigeria and other subhatarian movements are disenfranchised.
“We are not aware of any legislation that stipulates that general elections in Nigeria must only hold on Saturdays, we, therefore, strongly appeal that the national assembly should take urgent action on this to allow those Nigerians vote in the 2019 election and subsequent general elections,” he said.
“Nigerian police and other paramilitary bodies who are always engaged with providing security during general elections are largely disenfranchised as well, should be encourage to having their voting rights by not preventing from voting for their choice candidates.” added the Chairman