Reactions have continued to trail the decision of the APC Presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu, to pick former Borno state governor, Kashim Shettima, who is a Muslim, as his running mate for the 2023 general elections.
The Christian community in Nigeria has condemned the choice of a Muslim-Muslim ticket, saying for the sake of balance, a Christian should have been picked by the ruling party as its vice-presidential candidate.
In an interview with Punch, the Catholic Archbishop of Abuja Diocese, Most Rev. Ignatius Kaigama, described the choice of APC Muslim-Muslim ticket as unfortunate. According to him, Nigeria as a country is not ripe for a same-faith Presidential ticket.
“When you decide that only one religion will produce the major actors, excluding others who will become like strangers, it would not be fair and just. For the sake of religious sensitivity in a place like Nigeria, it is good that we have a balance so that we become like one big family,” he said
Similarly, the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Most Rev Hassan Kukah said it was up to Nigerians to decide if they want a Muslim-Muslim Nigerian leadership or not in 2023.
Politics Nigeria quoted Bishop Kukah to have said, “This is what you call team selection and everybody will choose depending on what they think will give them a fair chance. So, people will take responsibility for the choices they have made. For me, it is not something to lose sleep over.
If people feel unhappy with the kind of choices that have been made, that is why we are democrats, you can’t force it. We outsiders cannot force a choice of any candidate.
It is now left for you to look at the choices that have been made. And there is no guarantee that all Christians will vote for Christians and all Muslims will vote for Muslims.”he said