‘Seun Ibukun-Oni, Abuja
Daily Courier – The Christian Association of Nigeria has frowned on the selection of former governor of Borno state, Kashim Shettima as the running mate to the All Progressives Congress presidential candidate, Ahmed Tinubu.
Tinubu had during a visit to the president, President Muhammadu Buhari in Daura on Sunday announced Shettima, a Muslim, as his running mate.
Before now, there had been warnings from CAN, Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria and Civil Society Organisations against fielding a Muslim-Muslim ticket for the 2023 presidential election.
Speaking in an interview with our correspondent on Sunday, CAN’s spokesperson, Adebayo Oladeji, said making such a decision in a polarised country was a wrong move.
He stated that if having a pastor as the vice president of the country and Christian clerics and worshipers are being killed , the security of lives and properties of Christians under a Muslim-Muslim could not be guaranteed.
Oladeji, however, warned that Nigerians should be ready to face the consequences of their actions if they endorsed and vote for a Muslim-Muslim ticket.
He said, “We knew this was what he was going to do and we have warned against it. It is up to Nigerians to decide on what they want.
“You are all alive when we warned Buhari not to allow Muslims to dominate the security architecture of the country and he did it. I think we can see the way the criminals are operating with impunity.
“So, if Tinubu says he is opting for a Muslim-Muslim ticket in a polarised country like ours , if Nigerians endorse him and vote for him, whatever happens, Nigerians will face the consequences.
“If you have a government where a pastor is a vice president and pastors and worshipers are being killed you can imagine what will happen when we have a Muslim-Muslim ticket.
“It is left to Nigerians to make their choice, let them vote them in and we will all face the consequences together.
“We are raising our alarm. It is an irony that Buhari they regarded as an extremist when we raised an alarm to warn him against a Muslim-Muslim ticket, he heeded and opted for a christian as his vice presidential candidate. ”
HURIWA Warns Tinubu Against Muslim-Muslim Ticket
The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has reacted to the Muslim-Muslim presidency.
The group called the attention of the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, to an alleged plot by some people from the North to make him fail woefully in the 2023 presidential election.
HURIWA warned that if patriotic Nigerians are not vigilant and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is allowed to rig the election in favour of Muslim-Muslim ticket next year, “then there will inevitably be a break out of prolonged religious war in Nigeria.”
The Association also noted that the plot by some northern Muslims to force Tinubu into picking a Muslim running mate despite stiff opposition from a cross section of Nigerians, was a sinister plot in its finality to hand over the country to Boko Haram terrorists and ISWAP elements.
It pointed out that a Muslim-Muslim ticket had reduced a State like Kaduna to a graveyard and the killing fields of Christians and moderate Muslims since the last 5 years.
The rights group said that some Boko haram elements were behind the groundswell of campaigns in the media using many fronts, including Christian loafers for Bola Ahmed Tinubu, who it describes as a hardcore Islamist, to pick another Muslim extremist as his running mate.