Abuja, Nigeria, Feb 26, 2019 / 15:05 pm
Nigeria is in the midst of counting votes cast in a contentious general election, and Catholic bishops are urging the nation's leaders to conduct a credible and transparent vote, while at the same time the bishops closely observe the election process.
A week before the elections were supposed to take place, the bishops called for all Nigerians to pray and fast for the success of the elections.
The Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria announced Feb. 25 that Caritas Nigeria, in collaboration with the Nigerian Justice Development and Peace Commissions, had set up a "Situation Room" to collect observations and reports about the elections from diocese across the country.
The general election, during which Nigerians voted for a presidential candidate as well as for the Senate and House of Representatives, was originally scheduled for Feb. 16 but was delayed at the last minute until Feb. 23. Catholic Action Nigeria said at the time that the delay placed a burden on citizens, especially those who underwent difficult travels to vote.