As the 2023 presidential election gathers steam, the Chairman of the Bauchi State Chapter of the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), Barrister Idrees Safiyanu Gambo, has reacted to statements linked to a former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara where he condemned the idea of his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC’s) Muslim-Muslim ticket.
In a statement released on Wednesday morning, made available to Newsbreak.ng, Gambo lamented that “our problem over the years has remained that of divide and rule by our leaders at all levels”.
“Although I understand the need to hide under the guise of ‘nation building’ by Rt. Hon. Dogara, in driving home the message of his disappointment and his being snubbed by Bola Tinubu in the choice of his running mate, but what I cannot still comprehend was the choice of a religious platform to send such political message,” he said.
“No wonder Karl Max refers to religion as the opium of the masses. It is obvious that if we just remove our political class, ordinary Nigerians will easily blend with one another irrespective of any existing dichotomy (Religion, Tribe, Region, State, Etc.), which tend to divide them today. Our problem over the years has remained that of divide and rule by our leaders at all levels.
“To them, we are just nothing but important tools for their political accomplishment. Whenever they run out of other ideas on how to climb the political ladder, they simply turn to their most potent weapons, religion, tribe, etc. But as soon as there comes any political opportunity, they throw it away and feast with their perceived enemies in the same pot (the national treasury). They care less about the possibility of them overheating the polity for no reason once that served them right at the heat of their moments.
“Although Mr. Former Speaker systematically removed himself from the position of authority in deploying the divisive technique in his keynote address to the Christian group that invited him, I believe he has succeeded in setting a tune to the summit that will in the end help his desire for nation building.
“I will like to call on Hon. Yakubu Dogara to follow the spirit of his name and ‘Dogara ga Allah’ (i.e. leave everything to God), as it is clear that he is doing more harm than good to his hard-earned political image and the reputation he cultivated in the last 16 years, especially in Bauchi State where despite the religious differences, he is highly revered as one of the most respected leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC).”