Ahead of the 2023 presidential election, Femi Fani-Kayode, a former minister of aviation, stated that Christians in Nigeria should not be concerned about the Muslim-Muslim ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Fani-Kayode, who before defecting to the APC from the PDP was outspoken against the current administration’s plans to Islamize and Fulanize Nigeria, claimed that after praying about the issue, he has decided that the Muslim-Muslim ticket does not put Christians at risk.
Asserting that Bola Tinubu, the APC’s presidential candidate, was the right choice and that the choice was taken with the best interests of the nation in mind, Fani-Kayode defended the same faith ticket of the party.
The former minister acknowledged on Channels Television’s Politics Today on Wednesday night that no faithful Christian would approve of such a choice. Still, the APC stalwart insisted that there was nothing wrong with the choice.
Fani-Kayode never supported the ruling party or its presidential candidate before he joined the APC, so his most recent remarks sparked a variety of responses. Some have claimed that he cannot be trusted at this time, given his current position.
In defence of himself, Fani-Kayode asserted that it was only when he joined the APC that he realised how drastically the government and party had changed.
He claims that everything has been resolved, even the fulanization and Islamization issues, especially now that Tinubu would be the APC’s candidate in the upcoming election.
“My choice to speak for APC and Tinubu has nothing to do with morals. It’s a question of choice. It’s my choice. When I was in the PDP, I fought against those that were against my party. Now I’m no longer in the PDP, and I’m in the APC. I’ll fight against those that are against my party.
“That is my nature, and I make these choices based on conviction and courage. The most important thing…the greatest danger to national unity and cohesion as far as I’m concerned…is a situation whereby power does not shift to the South after eight years of the Hausa/Fulani man ruling this country.
“And the APC has come up with a Southern candidate, and that’s the most important thing. Now the choices that the Southern candidate makes are the choice he is comfortable with.
“Obviously, there are issues with the same faith ticket. There are issues with that. Any Christian that will tell you he is particularly happy with that, then seriously speaking, cannot be an honest Christian.
“But as far as I’m concerned, it’s simply an issue of choice. The issue of Fulanization we talked about has been thrown out of the window because the party we accused of that has shifted power to the South. When I joined the APC, I realised that things had completely changed.
“A country where we have about 22 Christian governors, with the whole of South West all Christian Governors, tells you that this country cannot be Islamised and out party, the APC is not interested in that. We have reformed. We are moving forward,” Fani-Kayode declared.
Fani-Kayode had a different perspective on Kashim Shettima, Tinubu’s running mate, and said that Shettima had built more churches in Borno State than any other governor had.
“Same faith ticket is a challenge, but we looked into it. I prayed and consulted about it and spoke to Kashim because all along, the position depends on who’s the vice. It’s not about the faith. It’s about the individual.
“I discussed with Shettima for over three hours, I looked into his eyes and raised a number of personal questions that I needed to be certified, and he certified me with his answers.
“He has built more churches in Borno than any other governor before him, and since he has won the confidence of many Christians, so the issue of Islamization no longer arises,” the APC chieftain disclosed.