Muslim — Muslim ticket is Unwise, Complete Disregard of the Nation’s Diversity  – Ohanaeze

The Vice President-General of the apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Ichie Damian Okeke-Ogene, has characterized Bola Tinubu’s selection of a fellow Muslim as his vice presidential candidate for the 2023 election as a significant threat to the integrity and continued existence of Nigeria. Tinubu is the presidential candidate for the All Progressives Congress, APC.

He stated this while speaking with reporters in Awka. Okeke-Ogene, however, told the APC presidential candidate that it was still not too late to correct the anomaly as he could change his running mate before the deadline.

The Ohanaeze leader emphasised that Nigeria is a multi-religious and multi-ethnic nation and that any attempt by one religion to rule the political system would only widen the gulf of mistrust and obliterate the delicate sense of tolerance developed over the years.

He asserted that the Muslim — Muslim ticket was not only unwise, but it completely disregarded the nation’s diversity, undermining the efforts of well-intentioned Nigerians over the years to promote peaceful coexistence between the many ethnic groups and overcome religious divisions.

He said: ” Tinubu’s desperation to be President of Nigeria had thwarted the efforts and sacrifice of former President Goodluck Jonathan to consolidate the country’s corporate existence when he stated that his political aspiration was not worth shedding the blood of any Nigerian.

He noted that it appears the APC presidential candidate is uninterested in the unity and peaceful coexistence of Nigeria as a nation based on his activities.

He emphasised that it is devilish for anyone to offer a Muslim Muslim ticket at this time, given the issue of insecurity in the entire country, as well as the rising ethnic gap and agitations.

Okeke-Ogene commended the leadership of Pan Yoruba socio-political organisation, Ayo Adebanjo, and the convener of Pan Niger Delta Forum and Ijaw leader, Edwin Clark, for remaining vocal and speaking out on issues affecting Nigerians, noting that South-West and South-South socio-cultural organisations have been consistent in pointing out the injustice meted out to South-East zone and have been supporting agitations for equity, fairness and good conscience.

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