Katsina State governor, Alhaji Aminu Bello Masari, has described the claim that the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu, will Islamise Nigeria if elected president in 2023 as baseless.
Speaking on Tuesday at a town hall meeting with a group of Northern Christians Political Forum when they received Tinubu’s wife, Senator Remi Tinubu, in Kaduna, Masari said even a blind man would elect Tinubu if assembled with other presidential candidates.
Masari described Lagos state as a mini Nigeria, saying both Christians and Muslims, as well as pagans, resided in Lagos and yet Tinubu delivered.
“It is baseless to express the fear that Tinubu will Islamise Nigeria. It is not true. Did Buhari Islamise Nigeria after seven years in office? Did Obasanjo Christianise Nigeria after eight years in office? Did Jonathan make Nigeria a Christian country after six years in office?”
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In his remarks, Kano State Governor Abdullahi Ganduje said the major problem of the country was politics with bitterness.
He explained that when young men and women gather for a common cause without bitterness there would be hope for the country.
“History will repeat itself. During the military regime under General Ibrahim Babangida’s transition to civil rule, there was an election between MKO Abiola and Alhaji Bashir Tofa of SDP and NRC. Abiola’s running mate was a Muslim. It was a Muslim-Muslim ticket that won the election. Tofa that picked a Christian running mate lost the election. So, Tinubu will win the election,” he said.
Also speaking, Kaduna State governor, Nasir El-rufai, said the northern APC governors decided to support a southern presidential candidate “in the spirit of unity, fairness and justice in the country.
“After President Buhari’s tenure, it is fair that the presidency should go to the South. And we converged in Katsina lodge before Governor Aminu Bello Masari that said that among all the presidential candidates we should go for Ahmed Tinubu because of his track records while he was governor of Lagos.”
Senator Oluremi Tinubu said her husband would not let Nigerians down if voted into power, describing him as a workaholic and a generous man “full of intelligence”.
The chairman Northern Christians Youth Association, Mr Isaac Abra, said Tinubu was the best man for the presidential job because of his manifestoes.