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News - South West - Lagos Updated: July 11, 2022

Muslim-Muslim Ticket: Group Reassures Christians, Says Tinubu Won’t Islamise Nigeria

By Ikpechukwu Ojobor
July 11, 2022
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The National Unity Movement for Bola Ahmed Tinubu has asked Nigerians to look beyond the selection of a Muslim running mate for the APC presidential candidate, assuring that Tinubu would not Islamise the nation.

The group described Tinubu as a detribalised Nigerian who would not even conceive a devious plan to Islamise the country as feared in some quarters.

Tinubu had, on Sunday, after a closed-door meeting with the President Muhammadu Buhari in Daura, Katsina State, confirmed Sen Kashim Shettima as his running mate, a decision that had continued to elicit reactions from different stakeholders across the country.

In a statement issued on Monday, the Director General of the group, Bamidele Faparusi, called on Nigerians to embrace national unity in diversity, national integration and cohesion despite their differences.

Faparusi described Tinubu as a “detribalised Nigerian, a great patriot, a great bridge builder and unifier, a religious tolerant man, and a believer in one God, one humanity,” adding that the ex-governor of Lagos appointed non-Lagos indigenes into his cabinet, a gesture that had proven he was the man Nigerians could trust.

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“Even with a Muslim-Muslim ticket, without having any fear of religious domination and suppression, we are conscious of the secularity status of Nigeria, and Tinubu is best positioned to protect our secular state,” he said.

The former National Assembly member emphasised that “placing competence and merit above religious and ethnic consideration in choosing leaders that would steer the affairs of the nation in the right direction is what Nigerians should consider while voting in 2023.”

He also appealed to Nigerians to get their Permanent Voter Cards and vote massively for Tinubu come 2023, saying the APC presidential candidate was the only one among the presidential candidates who had deep understanding of Nigeria, its diversity and challenges and the capacity to fix the country to everyone’s satisfaction.

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