Senate Presidency: Disparities Over Muslim Dominance in Tinubu’s Govt As Tribal Leaders Reject Yari

Senate Presidency: Disparities Over Muslim Dominance in Tinubu’s Govt As Tribal Leaders Reject Yari

  • The road to who becomes the next Senate President of the incoming 10th National Assembly just got interesting
  • Senator Abdulaziz Yari, an aspirant for the coveted seat, has refused to step down despite not being the choice of the All Progressives Congress (APC)
  • Nigerians have urged Senator Yari to shelve his Senate Presidential bid for religious equity and harmony

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FCT, Abuja - Senator Abdulaziz Yari has been urged to immediately withdraw his Senate Presidential ambition in the interest of equity, peace and religious harmony in Nigeria.

This call was made on Thursday, June 8, by leaders of the various tribes in Nigeria under the aegis of The Natives.

Yari, Akpabio
The ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) declared Senator Godswill Akpabio as its preferred aspirant for the Senate President seat. Photo Credit: Godswill Obot Akpabio, Abdulaziz Yari
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Presently, the President and Vice President of Nigeria are Muslims, and the anointed candidate of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) for the Speakership seat, Abass Tajudeen, is also a Muslim from Kaduna state.

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By this calculation, Yari contesting for the Senate Presidency means that Muslims will hold all four significant positions in the country in a secular State like Nigeria.

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Addressing pressmen at the nation's capital Abuja, the leader of the pro-democracy organisation, Hon. Smart Edwards, said there is a need to adopt the principle of equity, fairness and inclusivity in this current administration.

As reported by Vanguard, Edwards said:

“Nigeria is a secular state and the Senator Godswill Akpabio/Barau ticket represents the consideration of the mood of the country, evidence of healing rather than the braggadocio and display of strength or the coronation of religious dominance by some.
“We cannot toy with the expensive portrayal of acts that can widen the divide of the people after the elections."
“We say ‘No’ to Sen. Yari’s ambition and appeal to him in the name of our dear country to, please, shelve this ambition for all and become the hero.”

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Edward also noted that the incoming 10th National Assembly must grab the bull by the horn and executive their legislative duties with absolute vigour and agility to help create policies that would benefit Nigerians, Punch reported.

He said their responsibilities must help translate into the rule of law, job creation, investment in education, health and infrastructural development.

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Meanwhile, Senator Godswill Akpabio is in a race against time as his Senate Presidential bid is gradually crashing before him.

With less than a week to the election of principal officers in the National Assembly, Akpabio's past has begun to haunt him.

Reports have confirmed that some senators-elect in the APC has begun to back out from his camp due to his old feud with the Senate as a serving minister.


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Segun Adeyemi (Current Affairs and Politics Editor) Segun Adeyemi is a journalist with over 9 years of experience as an active field reporter, editor, and editorial manager. He has had stints with Daily Trust newspaper, Daily Nigerian, and News Digest. He currently works as an editor for's current affairs and politics desk. He holds a degree in Mass Communication (Adekunle Ajasin University). He is a certified digital reporter by Reuters, AFP and the co-convener of the annual campus journalism awards. Email:

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