2023: Choose Muslim/Muslim Ticket At Your Own Peril, CAN Warns Atiku, Tinubu

2023: Choose Muslim/Muslim Ticket At Your Own Peril, CAN Warns Atiku, Tinubu

 

The Christendom in Nigeria has again warned the two leading political parties in the country not to try to present Muslim/Muslim ticket to the people in the forthcoming presidential election.

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) insisted that the presidential candidates of both the All Progressive Congress (APC) and the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) should on no account choose their running mates of the same religion as them, adding that any attempt to do that is a threat to the fragile peace and unity of Nigeria.

Mr Bola Ahmed Tinubu is the presidential candidate of the APC, while Atiku Abubakar is flying the flag of the PDP for next year’s presidential election.

In a statement on Friday by Joseph Daramola, CAN national secretary, the association said: “Any party that tries same religion ticket will fail. This is not 1993. Even when we have a joint Muslim/Christian ticket, the church still goes through hell. Only God knows the number of Christians that have been killed in the last seven years with no one apprehended or prosecuted. Imagine how bad it will be if we have two Muslims in power? The extant Nigerian Constitution promotes religious balance,” the statement reads.

“So, if any political party wants to try Muslim/Muslim ticket, it’s at its own peril. CAN is only forewarning but will make a categorical statement in the event our warning is not heeded.

Tinubu of APC who is from the south, according CAN should pick a northern Christian, while Atiku, a northern is expected to pick a southern as his vice.

The Cable reports that CAN said if political parties choose running mates of the same religion as the presidential candidates, it would mean the leadership of the parties “do not bother about the unity of this entity called Nigeria”.

“Those who are planning Muslim/Muslim ticket should also find out what was the outcome of MKO Abiola and Kingibe ticket in 1993. If they try Muslim/Muslim ticket this time around, the outcome will be worse because our fault lines are very visible.,” the statement reads.

“There is no party that has no great, good and patriotic Christians who can preside over the affairs of this nation not to talk of being the Vice President as some mischievous people are trying to say. 

“To those arguing that people do not care about the religions of their leaders once they are competent and credible, we dare APC to pick its Presidential running mate from the South and PDP pick its own from the North and see what follows.

“Our politicians should be doing what will unite us instead of what will further polarise the country.”

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