Former Speaker of the House of Representatives Yakubu Dogara has condemned the decision of presidential candidate Bola Tinubu and the All Progressives Congress (APC) to present a Muslim/Muslim ticket in 2023. This action threatens the unity of the country, says -he.
Speaking at the 12th General Assembly and Transition Ceremony of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Dogara said political permutations that do not reflect the religious balance in the country go to the against the unity and stability of the country.
He praised CAN’s position on the issue, describing it as “godly”.
“I want to say categorically that CAN’s position on the Muslim/Muslim ticket in this country, at this time of national peril, is not CAN’s only position, I believe it is God’s position.
“We serve a God of justice, our God is just, our God is the author of diversity, and he wants all the diverse that we are to be united. So the position of CAN as much as it is a just position, it is the position of all of us who live righteousness, justice, diversity and work to harness it for the advancement of this country. “, did he declare.
Mr. Dogara is among a shortlist of northern Christian politicians who had been suggested to Mr. Tinubu as his likely running mate. The presidential candidate, however, refused them.
CAN leaders have said over the past month that the same ticket of faith is an insult to the vast population of competent Christians in the North and across the country. He also added that the decision is insensitive and capable of setting the nation on fire.
“We are all aware that over the past few weeks the mainstream Nigerian media and the general public have been occupied with discussions of the Muslim-Muslim ticket by the All Progressive Congress (APC), one of the political parties in the rise in power in the general elections of 2023.
“We want to make it clear that this is not healthy for the very diverse Nigerian space, especially in the face of the growing and alarming insecurity in our country at the moment. Any well-meaning presidential candidate will emphasize the all-inclusive federal character.
“Therefore, the Nigerian Christian youth are not unaware of the division and tension which is currently heating up a fiery political regime in Nigeria and, therefore, will not support or encourage any action or decision that may further divide and set fire to this nation.
“Muslim-Muslim presidential ticket insults Nigerian sensitivities and young Christians say a big NO!” said Alfred Olushola, president of the organization’s north centre.
Despite public discomfort and widespread criticism of the APC’s same religious ticket, its standard bearer, Mr Tinubu, and other stalwarts insisted the party was doing the right thing and that other marginalized groups such as northern Christians had nothing to fear.