- Kashim Shettima, running mate of Bola Tinubu says Nigerians should look beyond religion when electing leaders
- The vice presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) also defended his emergence as the candidate for the second top job
- Contrary to such allegations, he believes the party’s presidential candidate has shown that he can tolerate any religion
Kashim Shettima, the vice-presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has spoken on the controversy surrounding the Muslim-Muslim presidential ticket of the ruling party ahead of forthcoming general elections.
“They are accusing him (Tinubu) of an attempt to Islamise the country; has he started with Islamising his own family?
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Going further, Shettima asked Nigerians to look beyond religious sentiment and focus on how to move the country forward.
“Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu; yes, his running mate might be a Muslim, but his life mate for over 40 years is not only a Christian, but a pastor at the Redeemed Christian Church of God,” he said in defence of the APC presidential candidate’s decision.
“He did not enforce his own Islamic faith on his own children. He was the first governor to hand over mission schools to the owners, and he has groomed people from all walks of life.
“I think we have to look at the larger picture; the task before us is to transform this nation into a just and fair society where everyone will have a sense of belonging. We are a kaleidoscope of colours; we should learn to accommodate and embrace each other.”
How Tinubu announced his choice of Shettima in Daura
Legit.ng had earlier reported that Tinubu announced his choice of Shettima as his running mate in Daura, Katsina state.
The former Lagos state governor had gone to the hometown of President Muhammadu Buhari in the northwest state to pay Sallah homage to the Nigerian leader.
He was accompanied by several APC chieftains including the minister of sports and youth development, Sunday Dare.
2023: Tinubu reveals why he picked Kashim Shettima as running mate
Tinubu had earlier issued a statement explaining his preference for Senator Shettima as his running mate ahead of the 2023 general elections.
In a statement shared on his Twitter page, Tinubu said his choice is not based on religion, but competence.
The APC presidential candidate also made reference to the fact that Nigerians voted for a Muslim-Muslim ticket in 1993, adding that the scenario will play out in 2023.