Muslim/Muslim Tkt; Southern Christians meet, make choice of Presidential candidate
The Southern Nigerian Christian Vanguard (SNCV) has reportedly backed the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress(APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu to become Nigeria’s next president in 2023.
The group said it took the decision to support Tinubu’s presidential bid, because it cannot afford to have another Northerner succeed President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023.
The president of the group, Most Rev. Isaac Nwaobia, who issued a statement in Owerri, Imo State capital recently, warned that no southern presidential candidate should be condemned on the basis of his religion going into the election.
He noted that it would be a grave injustice for another Northerner to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari after eight years.
He said: “Muslim-Muslim ticket is really not the issue now. What we are saying is that it is unthinkable for another Northerner coming to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023.
“Where is the equity, where is the justice? A Southerner should succeed Buhari in order to preserve the unity of the country.
“We need a southern candidate to win not minding the religious inclination.
“No Southern candidate should be condemned on the basis of religion,” he noted.
He raised concerns over insecurity in the country, noting that it was a major threat to the forthcoming elections.
“With the election just a few weeks away, the major threat now is insecurity. Nowhere is safe in the country- the air, land, sea, rail tracks and sacred places or worship are not spared. The government must rise to the occasion and take proactive measures towards guaranteeing the safety of the electoral process.
“We also insist that the candidates for the various political parties should focus on issue-based campaigns rather than depending on endorsements.
“Claims must not be vague but verifiable and measurable,” he further stated.
He said the group would form a concrete synergy “with the aim of electing credible leaders that will get Nigeria out from its position as the poverty capital of the world.”
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