- Ahmad Gumi, a popular Islamic cleric based in Kaduna state, warns that a Muslim-Muslim governorship ticket could escalate tension in the violence-prone state
- Gumi calls for minority indigenous people to be given political representation in any state, depending on their population
- Governor El-Rufai of Kaduna state insists that his decision to select Hadiza Balarabe as his running mate is based on merit
Ahmad Gumi, a popular Islamic cleric based in Kaduna state, has warned that the culture and political environment in Kaduna state does not support a Muslim governorship candidate choosing a fellow Muslim as his deputy.
The cleric said such a Muslim-Muslim governorship ticket could escalate tension in the violence-prone state, Premium Times reports.
Gumi said such political move could be seen as pushing out people of other ethnic groups and religions from governance in the state.
The cleric made the statement in reaction to announcement by the state’s incumbent governor, Nasir El-Rufai of the All Progressives Congress (APC), that his running mate is Hadiza Balarabe, who is also a Muslim.
But Gumi, who has raised concerns over El-Rufai’a choice, advocated for minority indigenous people to be given political representation in any state, depending on their population.
“Everybody knows that it’s politically motivated. Everybody knows that. What I’m saying and I specifically said is that you look at the time, the situation, the culture, the environment before you make such a move,” the cleric said.
“What I feel is that it’s not yet the time. It is not right, especially coming a week after some people who lost lives innocently. Somebody is killed on the road, why? Because of his identity
“So, immediately after such a crisis, we don’t need another thing that will create animosity between people that are destined to live together- and I specifically said indigenous people.
“If we have indigenous people, we should do everything possible to assimilate them, integrate them, not to castigate them and put them out.
“They brought the argument that this thing is happening in Plateau and other states and I said yes, this is one reason why we should show them that we don’t take our behaviours and civilisation from barbarism. We have a standard.
“Not only in Kaduna. We are now looking for the right of Muslim minorities in Plateau, in Benue, in Nasarawa too, they should be fully integrated into the politics. If it requires to be a deputy governor, they should have to."
Meanwhile, Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna state has said that he consulted President Muhammadu Buhari before his selection of Hadiza Balarabe as running mate.
The governor had faced criticism following his selection of a Muslim from Sanga local government area in the southern part of the state.
The Cable reports that the governor spoke on Tuesday, November 13, when a delegation from Sanga local government paid him a thank you visit for choosing their daughter.
He said his selection was based on competence and not on religion.
He reiterated that he would not deny or select anyone for appointment based on ethnicity or religion and that those criticising his decision never voted for him in the first place.
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