The communique, signed by Mr Henry Yunkwap and Mr Godwin Gege, National President and Acting National Secretary-General respectively of the council, was issued on Monday in Jos.
The group advised Nigerians to set aside primordial sentiments and vote according to their conscience, adding that such move would ensure credible leadership in the country.
“Council joins her voice to that of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) to urge all Catholic Lay Faithful and Nigerians in general to be honest in conscience and rise above the sentiments of political parties.
“To support and vote for the best candidates whose manifestos and economic blue print can lead Nigeria out of her present quagmire,” it stated.
The group condemned the unprovoked attacks and kidnappings of Catholic priests and other religious leaders in the country.
The communique also called on government to intensify efforts towards addressing the spate of insecurity in the country.
“The council condemns the unjustifiable and unprovoked attack on facilities, abduction and gruesome murder of Catholic priests, lay faithful and innocent Nigerians in general.
“The Federal Government must rise to its statutory obligation of protecting life and property of her citizens” it stated.
Similarly, the council called on government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to resolve the lingering strike in order not to frustrate the intellectual growth of its young citizens.
The government should also create employment opportunities for its teeming unemployed youths.
“Council calls on government at all levels to create employment opportunities and make same available to employable and creative youths.
“Council also admonishes the youths that are caught up in the web of get rich quick syndrome to explore and exploit their God-given talents for positive rather than negative purposes,” the statement said.