The youth wing of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, the leading Igbo socio-cultural group, has reacted to Bola Tinubu’s selection of Senator Kashim Shettima, a former governor of Borno, as his running mate.
Shettima, a fellow Muslim, has been named as the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate’s running partner for the 2023 general election.
However, the Ohanaeze youths said that Shettima’s selection went against the rule of natural justice. The body made this known at a press conference in Enugu on Monday, July 11.
Every effort must be made by Nigerians, according to Mazi Okwu Nnabuike; the National President of OYC and National Organizing Secretary of the National Ethnic Nationalities Youth Leaders’ Council; to prevent the APC from destroying the nation.
He voiced worry that the Christian community will go extinct under the Muslim-Muslim government; especially because of the high degree of killings and violence directed at Christians under the current regime.
He further argued that Tinubu’s decision was an insult to the nation’s millions of Christians; adding that no religion should be given preference over another.
“Today, we have deemed it fit to alert Nigerians of a looming danger ahead of the 2023 general elections. This is following Bola Tinubu’s decision to opt for a Muslim-Muslim ticket; despite obvious reasons why he should not go such a route.
“This is totally unacceptable and should be rejected by anyone who means well for the country,” Okwu declared.
The Ohanaeze chieftain recalled that, “in 2014, Tinubu made efforts to force Muslim-Muslim ticket on Buhari; but the President resisted it by listening to the wise counsel of people like former Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki. He balanced the ticket.
“Fast forward to seven years after, Tinubu now desperately wants to actualize a Muslim-Muslim presidency. There is more to this than meets the eyes. The insensitivity of Tinubu and the APC leadership is dreadful and that is their downfall.
“We see this as a grand conspiracy to sink Nigeria. How can anyone contemplate this arrangement in a multi ethnic and multi religious society like Nigeria?
“APC should forget 2023, they have shot themselves on the foot. We can’t allow them to destroy Nigeria. They lost the opportunity to compete very well in the forthcoming election. Nigerians, Christians and Muslim brothers who mean well for the country should rise and resist it to the last. It will never fly.
“The country has never been this polarized and every sensitive person should have been concerned with processes that would engender national cohesion and unity but what we have seen from APC’s Tinubu is a further division of the country.
“Tinubu claimed the choice is based on competence- our question to him is simple: does it mean that from the 19 Northern States there is no competent Christian? We can see the obvious falsehood in Tinubu’s claims.
“No religion is more superior than the other, but this is what Tinubu is making people to believe, a situation that would throw the country into avoidable crisis.”