Controversy when men in cassocks attend Shettima’s introduction as Tinubu’s running mate

Some men in cassocks attended Wednesday the inauguration of Kashim Shettima as the vice-presidential candidate of the Congress of all progressives (APC) for the 2023 presidential election. The affiliations of the men, dressed in different outfits representing various Christian denominations, were not made clear. The presence of the cassocked participants suggested that some Christian leaders support the APC Muslim-Muslim presidential bid despite opposition from the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN). But CAN quickly disavowed the men, saying they were imposters hired by APC to fake the Christian community’s support for the Tinubu-Shettima ticket. On July 10, in Daura, Katsina state, Tinubu named Shettima, former Borno state governor and sitting senator, as his running mate. The former governor’s choice drew criticism from those who believe Tinubu, a Muslim from the south, should have chosen a Christian as his running mate. CAN said the unnamed Christian ‘clergymen’ at Mr Shettima’s inauguration on Wednesday were not its members. A spokesman for the association, Bayo Oladeji, told PREMIUM TIMES that the priests at the site were ‘fake’. He did not say how he determined the men were inauthentic. He accused the Tinibu Campaign Organization of constantly peddling lies to justify Mr. Shettima’s election. “They are fake,” Oladeji said. “They are not our members. The CAN was not represented there. Anyone can wear a cassock, anyone can buy it in the market and pretend to be anything. “Weren’t you in this country, when they exhumed an interview from four years ago, they published it in the Trust (Daily Trust), claiming that it was the president of the CAN in Borno backing Shettima? Weren’t you in this country when they presented a photo from 2017 saying that ‘CAN officials’ visited Shettima? “Weren’t you in this country when they said that Baba Adeboye has endorsed the Muslim/Muslim ticket? Did the Redeemed Christian Church of God have to come out and say no? CAN was not there. Is this how to introduce CAN? The media should have asked them questions, not me,” Oladeji said. twitter storm Twitter users have been commenting on the clergymen’s attendance at the political event. One user, Kelvin Odanz, described the parading of the men as CAN representatives as disrespectful to the Christian community in Nigeria. “What Kashim Shettima did by rounding up these charlatans parading around as priests is massively disrespectful to Christians in Nigeria,” he said. “If a Christian politician in the south gathers a bunch of charlatans, dresses them up as imams… I’m sure a lot of Muslims won’t be amused. “Going on a Muslim-Muslim ticket is already disrespectful to the religious sensibilities of this country, especially Christians who are told they don’t matter in the grand scheme of things. So Shettima adds insult to injury by disrespecting the priesthood. He is gross.” Tinubu Campaign Organization spokesman James Faleke did not respond or return calls seeking comment. He has also not responded to a text message sent to him. Likewise, Félix Morka, spokesman for the APC, did not respond to a text message and calls made to his mobile phone. EDITOR’S NOTE: This post has been re-edited and updated to provide additional context to the event. Read More Related News Here Let here it in the comment below if you do have an opinion on this; Controversy when men in cassocks attend Shettima’s introduction as Tinubu’s running mate