The Catholic Bishop of Sokoto diocese, Matthew Kukah, on Thursday, warned that the Muslim-Muslim presidential ticket of the All Progressives Congress was slowing down the country’s progress in national integration.
Issuing this warning during an interview on Channels Television, Kukah said that the 1993 Muslim-Muslim ticket had been misconstrued to mean that Nigerians weren’t concerned with religion.
“I think we over-exaggerated our interpretation of what happened in 1993 because we always have this dubious assumption that it is evident that Nigerians don’t care about religion,” Bishop Kukah said.
According to the Bishop, the APC Muslim -Muslim ticket has just laid the foundation that has taken us back after the kind of progress we thought we have made in terms of national integration.”
Faulting the ruling party for its decision to field candidates of same faith despite the country’s religious diversity, Bishop Kukah said that the move was reprehensible and unacceptable.
“I think that as a Christian, this is totally reprehensible. It is not acceptable to me, but that is the decision of the APC as a party. Perhaps, when the campaign starts, we will hear what people have to say,” He added.
Recall that Bola Tinubu, the APC presidential candidate who is a devout Muslim picked Kashim Shettima, the former governor of Borno, another Muslim, as his running mate ahead of the presidential election in 2023.
Supporters of the APC have also defended the development with claims that Tinubu is a liberal Muslim that accommodates every religion.
They went as far as citing his wife who currently serves as a pastor in the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), to justify Tinubu’s religious tolerance.
However, the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), condemned the move, subtly urging its members to vote against political parties that refused to take into consideration the country’s religious diversity.