No Muslim/Muslim Presidential Ticket; This is Not 1993 – CAN

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has cautioned the country’s major political parties to avoid running for president in 2023 on a Christian/Christian or Muslim/Muslim ticket.

Barrister Joseph Bade Daramola, CAN’s National Secretary, stated on Friday in Abuja that such developments are a threat to Nigeria’s delicate peace and unity.

He did, however, congratulate Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr. Peter Obi of the Labour Party (LP), and other presidential contenders in the next presidential election.

“CAN demands that a balance of both faith practitioners be considered in the choosing of presidential candidates’ running mates,” he stated. We do not support the Christian/Christian or Muslim/Muslim ticket.

“Politicians can talk politics but we have stated our view long before now. Any party that tries same religion ticket will fail. This is not 1993. Even when we have joint Muslim/Christian ticket, the church still goes through hell.

“Imagine how bad it will be if we have two Muslims in power? The extant Nigerian constitution promotes religious balance. So, if any political party wants to try Muslim/Muslim ticket, it is at its own peril. CAN is only forewarning, but will make a categorical statement in the event our warning is not heeded.”

He recommended that Tinubu’s running partner be a Christian from the North, Atiku’s running mate be a Christian from the South, and Obi’s running mate be a Muslim from the North.

“Anything contrary to the foregoing shows that the leaders of these political parties are unconcerned about Nigeria’s unity,” he stated. Those considering a Muslim/Muslim ticket can look into the outcome of MKO Abiola and Kingibe’s 1993 ticket. If they try the Muslim/Muslim ticket this time, the result will be even worse because our fault lines are so obvious.

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“In the ongoing dispensation, CAN leadership cried in vain to ask President Muhammadu Buhari to break the monopoly or dominance of the security architecture with people of same faith. We are all seeing the outcome now.

“It is obvious that the Nigeria of today is different from that of 1993. Our politicians should stop flouting the constitution by respecting the North and South dichotomy and religious factor.

“To those arguing that people do not care about the religions of their leaders once they are competent and credible, we dare APC to pick its Presidential running mate from the south and PDP pick its own from the north and see what follows.

“When the late sage, Papa Obafemi Awolowo picked Chief Mrs Oyibo Odinamadu, a fellow Christian and Southerner, as his running mate in 1979, we all know the consequences of his performance in the north. Our politicians should be doing what will unite us instead of what will further polarise the country.”

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