Ahead of the 2023 presidential election, Femi Fani-Kayode, a former Minister of Aviation, has stated that Christians in Nigeria should not be concerned about the Muslim-Muslim ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Fani-Kayode, before defecting to the APC from the PDP was outspoken against the current administration’s plans to Islamize and Fulanize Nigeria.
However, he claimed that after praying about the issue; he has come to the decision that the Muslim-Muslim ticket does not put Christians in risk. Asserting that Bola Tinubu, the APC’s presidential candidate was the right choice and that the choice was taken with the best interests of the nation in mind; Fani-Kayode defended the same faith ticket of the party.
He made this known during an interview on Channels Television on Wednesday, August 17, 2022.
The former minister acknowledged that no true Christian would approve of such a choice. However, he insisted that there is nothing wrong with the choice.
Because Fani-Kayode has consistently spoken out against the ruling party and its presidential candidate before joining the APC; his most recent remarks have elicited a range of responses, with some claiming that his current position cannot be trusted.
Fani-Kayode argued in defense of himself that he just realized how much had changed with the way the government and party were run after joining the APC.
According to him, even issues of fulanization and Islamization have all been done away with; especially with Tinubu emerging as the flagbearer for the APC in the next election.
“My choice to speak for APC and Tinubu has nothing to do with morals. It’s a question of choice. It’s my choice. When I was in the PDP, I fought against those that were against my party. Now I’m no longer in the PDP and I’m in the APC, I’ll fight against those that are against my party.
“That is my nature and I make these choices based on conviction and based on courage. The most important thing…the greatest danger to national unity and cohesion as far as I’m concerned…is a situation whereby power does not shift to the South after eight years of the Hausa/Fulani man ruling this country.
“And the APC has come up with a Southern candidate and that’s the most important thing. Now the choices that the Southern candidate makes are the choice he is comfortable with.
“Obviously, there are issues with the same faith ticket. There are issues with that. Any Christian that will tell you he is particularly happy with that then seriously speaking cannot be a real Christian.
“But as far as I’m concerned, it’s simply an issue of choice. The issue of Fulanization we talked about has been thrown out of the window because the party we accused of that has shifted power to the South. When I joined the APC, I realized that things have completely changed.”