By Ibrahim Hassan-Wuyo 

Christian groups in the North under the aegis of Arewa Coalition  for Good Governance has said that the hardline position of former Secretary to the Federal Government; Mr. Lawal Babachir, former Speaker  Dogara and Senator Ishaku Abbo over issue of the All Progressives Congress, APC’s choice of Muslim-Muslim ticket was based on selfish interest. 

According to the group, their anger was  premised on the fact that none of them was picked as running mate and not on issue of Muslim-Muslim Ticket as was  being projected .

“At a time when all critical  stakeholders of APC are supposed to be working for unity and progress of the party during the  forthcoming 2023 general elections, they have decided to deploy religious sentiments  as a weapon of war to discourage Christians from Tinubu/Shettima”, the group said.  .

In  a  statement signed by the leader of the Coalition ,  Elder Peter Sati Auta,they said that, ” Nigerians , especially the electorate are wise enough to know that whipping religious sentiment against any candidate is not the solution to the challenges of insecurity; dwindling economy, Insurgency, high unemployment rate, bad governance and other problems militating against progress and development of Nigeria.”

While stating that the Holy Bible gave Christians the mandate to pray for  leaders, they said that “anything out of this is not only unhealthy ,but retrogressive”.

“This amongst several reasons is why as Christian leaders in various churches , we decided to come out  and  speak against the divisive move by our brothers to create a religious crack in the polity ahead of the 2023 elections.”

“Instead of holding nocturnal  meetings to fight the issue of of Muslim -Muslim Ticket, we expected them to spend energy on   talking about how to contribute their quota in  finding solutions to plethora of above mentioned  problems that over the past twenty years have served as cog in the wheel of progress.”

“Babachir and Dogara could be the ones working  to overheat  the polity and destroy same party that gave them platform of political relevance. We hold the view that this is nothing but mere selfish interest  of the spent forces ,which should should be rejected outrightly “.

“Everyone knows that both former Lagos State Governor ,Asiwaju Bola  Tinubu  and former Borno Governor , Alhaji Kashim Shettima are not religious bigots ,so the earlier they know that  the idea of whipping religious sentiments against then won’t work.”

“It is in public domain that Tinubu and Shettima helped good number of Christians during their days as Governors of Lagos and Borno.Where were they,when the heavy  campaign of calumny of  being a  “religious bigot” was muted  against Buhari? Of course , some of  them supported him to win and  were later  compensated with appointments. Even with all the unprintable  names Buhari was called ,yet they worked for him.”

“We are urging Christians to shun Babachir ,Dogara and Senator Abbo’s divisive strategies and vote candidates of their choice regardless of religion and tribal backgroundsThe most important thing for Nigerians now is to come out during the election and  vote good leaders based on merit ; experience and records of performance.”

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