The Ecumenical Youth Association (EYA) has faulted the suggestion allegedly made by the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu for a Muslim-Muslim ticket in the 2023 presidential election.
The organisation said for Tinubu to have taken such a position, he is greedy and does not deserve the Presidency.
Tinubu in London
Tinubu had at a recent meeting with some Northern elders in Abuja arranged by his longtime friend, Senator Abu Ibrahim, reportedly said they should leave the task of convincing Yoruba people to him if selected by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) as the candidate of the party in the 2023 elections.
It was said that his position was that the South-West region would not be against the choice of a Muslim as his running mate.
During the meeting, the group noted that the issue of who would be his running mate became a contention as the elders told him they would not accept a Christian Northerner to be his running mate.
It added that Tinubu promised to pick a North-West politician, who would be a Muslim.
A prominent politician and former governor was said to have asked him how that would be taken in the South, and Tinubu told his guests that the South-East and South-South, who were largely Christians, would not matter, adding that it was the South-West that could raise issues, but he would handle it.
But the President of EYA, Daboikiabo Warmate said that with such a statement, Tinubu had demonstrated insensitivity and political greed.
He said, “We vehemently condemn the insensitive and greedy statement of a Muslim-Muslim Presidential/Vice Presidential Ticket credited to a former governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
“It’s so provocative and unfortunate that Alhaji Tinubu will insult the sensibility of Yoruba Christians in the same way those Northern political elites insulted Northern Christians.
“This is not just inciting and insulting to Northern and Yoruba Christians alone but also to all Christians in Nigeria.
“This has confirmed that Tinubu is very undeserving of the Nigerian Presidency. A man whose ambition is worth subjugating the over 100 million Christians in Nigeria can even one day mortgage Nigeria.
“We are presently talking (about) how Christians have become endangered species, how much more under such a person’s Presidency then, we Christians will all be eliminated.
“We are compelled to believe all that is being said about him most especially, by his kinsmen. We will start a campaign soon tagged: ‘Tinubu Presidency, a danger to existence of Christians in Nigeria,’ because his statement has proven that.
“We want to use this opportunity to encourage and call on all Christian politicians that have the requisite capacity to save our dear country from the verge of collapse, to come out and contest in the 2023 Presidential election in both major political parties and we will mobilise and campaign for such a person because it is our turn.”
SaharaReporters, New York