Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, the Spokesperson of Northern Elders Forum (NEF), has given his opinion concerning the controversy that has trailed the Muslim-Muslim presidential ticket “suggestion”.
Speaking in an interview on Channels Television, Ahmed stated “ordinary” Nigerians now not care concerning the spiritual background of their political leaders.
He insisted that faith is a device deployed by politicians to get energy in 2023, and spiritual beliefs of elected leaders haven’t benefited Nigerians.
“I feel there may be a whole lot of deception right here which has gathered momentum as politicians started to be taught increasingly more concerning the weaknesses of unusual Nigerians. 90 p.c of us as unusual Nigerians are religious Christians and Muslims. We care very deeply about private religion. We care concerning the fortunes of our religion. We don’t wish to be attacked or affected as a result of we’re Christians or Muslims.
“By and enormous, in most situations, our religion is religion. Politicians use religion and different types of id politics to wrestle for energy. This is principally what’s it and it’s changing into clearer that each time politics come, faith surfaces as an element and what it does is that it created this concept that Nigerians would struggle as a result of the vice-president will not be a Christian or a Muslim.
“We gained’t. We won’t struggle as a result of in case you go down in historical past, there may be not a single factor a Christian had benefited from throughout the occasions when Christians have been presidents or vice-presidents. There is nothing a Muslim had benefitted from the president or vice-president being a Muslim.
“When you hear them discuss now, it’s as whether it is central to being a Muslim or a Christian. in case your so-called man will not be within the presidency. It is nonsense. It is essentially the most misleading factor politicians do. What is much more damaging is that they’re making it worse now exactly the time when we have to have high quality management, good individuals regardless of their religion, who will govern this nation and pull it out of this quagmire that we’re in.
“Politicians are bringing in all these elements that particularly focused at giving just a few of them sure benefits. Now, you hear these individuals are saying it needs to be a Muslim-Muslim ticket, unusual Nigerians don’t care. Politicians are taking part in a recreation with the religion, intelligence and way forward for our individuals.
“I’m telling you ordinary Nigerians do not consider the faith of leaders now as central to the way they exist. We have been taught some terrible lessons from recent leaders who may have benefitted from religious politics but have abandoned the people who they share the same faith with. I think people are wiser now.”
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