Muslim-Muslim Ticket: Nigeria’s Challenges Beyond Religion

A former governor of Edo state, Adam Oshiomhole, has said that the Nigerian Christian Association (CAN) has nothing to do with political decisions. He spoke as a guest on Arise TV’s morning show on Wednesday. The APC’s Muslim-Muslim presidential bid had drawn widespread criticism across the country, with groups like CAN frowning at its insensitivity to religious realities in Nigeria. Some APC bosses also criticized the move. Bola Tinubu, a former Governor of Lagos and a Muslim from the South, has chosen Kashim Shettima, a former Governor of Borno and a Muslim from the North as his running mate for the 2023 presidential election. “CAN in all respects is not a political party,” said Mr. Oshiomhole. “And you don’t wait for people who have expectations and then suddenly find that they’re willing to celebrate in terms of personal interests.” Oshiomole said the body should be more concerned with the character of the elected candidates and not religious affiliation. “I think Nigeria’s challenges go beyond religion. If religion is the answer, we have both churches and we have more mosques. I think the issue before us that we need to spend time discussing is what will either presidential candidate do differently to expect a different outcome,” she said. “I want to see their background because none of them are new or unfamiliar with public service. I want to be able to evaluate what they did before to convince myself what they would do differently if they had the chance. “I think these are the issues and given the dire situation we’re in, in terms of the economy, security, whatever, I think this is what we should dedicate them to, to be honest, to me it’s dysfunctional, and evidence exists that Nigeria probably it was at its best where religion did not figure, either under the military regime and even after.” ALSO READ: 2023: How we will resist APC’s Muslim-Muslim ticket: Dogara, Babachir Lawal The former APC president also said he wants to see evidence that “Muslims are safer right now, relative to Christians or that Christians are safer relative to Muslims.” Asked if Mr. Tinubu will run his campaign in “continuity or departure from the last seven years”, Mr. Oshiomole said that by “apportioning blame or credit, you look at your role”. “It’s the fact that Asiwaju himself said yes, he co-founded APC. I was a co-founding governor of APC, along with Fashola and other governors. “But he never participated in the government. He never held any government position. He did not carry out any contract on behalf of the government.” He was also asked if he was proud of the administration led by President Muhammadu Buhari, saying that Mr. Buhari “inherited a terrible economic situation.” He added that some progress has been made in “many areas, but new problems have developed.” Read More Related News Here Let here it in the comment below if you do have an opinion on this; Muslim-Muslim Ticket: Nigeria’s Challenges Beyond Religion