2023: I Will Defend Islam, Respect Other Faiths – Kashim Shettima

The All Progressives Congress vice-presidential candidate, Kashim Shettima on Sunday vowed to defend Islam and other faiths if the party wins the 2023 presidential election.

The former Governor of Borno State made this claim while reacting to a post online stating that he would not support Islam if he emerge, as vice president.

He further stated that Islam has taught him to be fair to all, even people of other faiths, adding that he would do this whether in government or not.

Shettima stated this in a statement released on his Facebook account.

He wrote, “I have received many messages on a post going around on social media saying I will not support Islam if I become the vice president of Nigeria.

“It seems the person who wrote that post had a bad intention or lack of understanding of the English language that was interviewed, and the environment of this statement I made.

“What I said in that interview with Channels TV is similar to Islam’s stand on leadership, as religious scholars know. Even in the Islamic system, the leader is for all, and he is expected to be fair to all without harming any part.

“Jews and victory have lived under the rule of Muslims since the time of Prophet Muhammad (SAW) and in peace without harm. This is what Islam taught us.

“Also as a Muslim, I will never accept anything that will harm my religion whether I am in government or not.

“And if I am in government I must ensure I protect the dignity of all and ensure that every citizen is not treated unfairly or harmed. So I will not look forward to oppressing my religion or oppressing another person because of his religion. This is the teaching of religion, and it is my stand.

“Anyone interested can watch the video of my interview with Channels TV just to confirm that the post is not matching what I said.”

This article was originally published on Naija News

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