The Islamic human rights organization, Muslim Rights Concern, MURIC, on Friday, January 14, revealed that Bola Tinubu, National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, is the candidate that fits into its long-term aspiration for a Yoruba Muslim President.
MURIC made this disclosure in a statement issued by its Director, Ishaq Akintola who noted; that any party that picks a Yoruba Christian presidential candidate may lose.
Tinubu had on Monday hinted on running for the presidency in 2023.
Reacting to Tinubu’s declaration, Akintola said: “It is no longer news that the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has declared his intention to contest for the post of president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. This happened on Monday, 10th January, 2022.
“Tinubu’s declaration for the highest post in the land is therefore a welcome development. Also in pursuit of this campaign, MURIC has spent the last four days from Monday 10th January, 2022 (when Tinubu made his declaration) to Thursday, 13th January consulting its state branches in the Yoruba states : Lagos, Ogun, Oyo, Osun, Ondo and Ekiti. The outcome of our investigation reveals a resounding support for Tinubu’s declaration.
“All our state branches confirmed that Senator Ahmed Bola Tinubu has been close enough to Yoruba Muslims. The Lagos chapter of MURIC also vouched that although Tinubu is not the type that will marginalize Nigerian Christians; at the same time, he will not estrange Yoruba Muslims or ignore their complaints when he becomes president of Nigeria.
“This is the time Yoruba Muslims need the support of their Muslim brethren all over the country; to ensure that Tinubu emerges as the candidate of his party at the primaries. They should also vote for him massively during the presidential elections; to ensure that he emerges as the president of Nigeria to be sworn in on 29th May, 2023.
“This is the only fair thing that can happen to Yoruba Muslims. Interestingly enough, nobody can claim that the advent of Tinubu as the president of Nigeria is unfair to Yoruba Christians because at least three Yoruba Christians have been both presidents and vice presidents of Nigeria.”