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Christianity Won’t Suffer Under Tinubu Presidency – Adamawa APC chairman

Christianity Won't Suffer Under Tinubu Presidency – Adamawa APC chairman

Christianity Won’t Suffer Under Tinubu Presidency – Adamawa APC chairman

Christianity Won’t Suffer Under Tinubu Presidency – Adamawa APC chairman

Sen. Kashim Shettima’s selection as Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s running mate has been criticized by Nigerians, particularly Christians, who have been urged not to lose sleep over the decision. Sen. Bilal is the chairman of the APC branch in Adamawa State.

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Bilal stated that despite the former governor of Borno State being the APC’s vice presidential nominee, he did not anticipate Tinubu’s administration harming the Christian faith or religion.

He asserted that Tinubu’s administration won’t hurt Christianity or Christians in Nigeria because there is no evidence to imply that he is a bigot or fanatic of his own Islamic faith, which may make Christians worry if he wins the presidency.

He said, “Tinubu’s presidency will do no harm to Christians and the practice of their religion because of his (Tinubu) shared faith history. So nobody should lose sleep about a Tinubu-Shettima presidency.”

Christianity Won’t Suffer Under Tinubu Presidency – Adamawa APC chairman

Bilal, who said he felt compelled to lend his voice over the raging controversy surrounding Tinubu’s choice of a Muslim running mate, added that ordinarily, the choice of Shettima as running mate was made based on careful considerations of what will enhance the presidential candidate’s chances.

The party chieftain, however, noted that because of the volatility of religion in our polity and the penchant by politicians to exploit it, it needs bearing that Tinubu as a person will be the last person to go against the interest of Christians.

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He said, “Tinubu’s presidency will do no harm to Christendom, his shared faith history guarantees that, so nobody should lose sleep about a Tinubu and Shettima presidency.

“The question of Tinubu’s faith in Nigeria’s polity, where religion has assumed a very divisive and toxic nature, can be assuaged by the fact that the man by his family composition cannot hurt the Christian faith when viewed that his wife is a Christian, just as other very close family members. He has lived over 40 years in harmony, and never tried to impose his faith on them.

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“Tinubu’s presidency will do no harm to ChristendomChristendom and Christians in Nigeria because there’s nothing in him (Tinubu’s record ) suggesting he’s a bigot or fanatic of his own Islamic faith to cause any Christian to lose sleep if he eventually becomes president.”

Christianity Won’t Suffer Under Tinubu Presidency – Adamawa APC chairman

He, however, added ” But because of the existential politics of survival and winner take all, you expect that politicians will play the scaremongering antics to win over the argument and possibly the elections for the candidate of their own preferred choice by whipping up religious sentiments to feather their own political nest. How?

“By painting the potential of a Bola Tinubu presidency and Shettima vice presidency, whose ticket ahead 2023 presidency has the potential of carrying the day, as a harbinger of doom for the nation’s stability. But Tinubu as a person will be the last person to go against the interest of Christianity.”

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He said, it was his wish that a Christian from the North East, like Boss Mustapha, Babachir Lawal, Barrister Bala Ngillari, or Yakubu Dogara got the nomination, if religious considerations were to be uppermost, nevertheless the region was in good stead with the choice of Shettima whose support base in Borno and Yobe, remains solid and firm.

Bilal added that it was a valuable addition to the ticket to have someone with clout not just in the two states but in the entire North East region as Shettima.


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