Muslim-Muslim Ticket, Threat To Nigeria Unity, Ohanaeze Warns 

Michael Chukwuebuka, Reporting

The Vice President-General of the apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Ichie Damian Afam Okeke-Ogene, has warned that the decision of the All Progressives Congress (APC), presidential candidate, Bola Ahmed Tinibu to pick a fellow muslim, Kashim Shettima, as running election, is a serious threat to the unity and corporate existence of Nigeria.

In a press release issued to journalists in Awka, on Thursday, Ichie Damian Okeke-Ogene pointed out that Nigeria was a multi-religious and multi-ethnic country.

He made it clear that any attempt by one religion to dominate the political space could only widen the gap of mistrust and destroy the delicate sense of tolerance cultivated over the years.

He noted that the APC presidential candidate’s choice of a muslim — muslim ticket was not only ill-timed, but also a total disregard for the diversity of the country.

He noted that this has undermined efforts of well-meaning Nigerians over the years to bridge religious differences and promote ethnic, harmonious co-existence.

Okeke-Ogene said Tinibu’s desperation to be President of Nigeria has thwarted efforts and sacrifice of former President Goodluck Jonathan to consolidate on the corporate existence of Nigeria when he stated that his political aspiration was not worth shedding the blood of any Nigerian.

According to him, from his actions, the APC presidential candidate does not care nor is he interested in the unity and peaceful co-existence of Nigeria as a country.

He pointed out that with the challenges of insecurity across the country and the widening ethnic divide and agitations, it was satanic for anybody to introduce muslim-muslim ticket at this point in time.

Ichie Okeke-Ogene commended the leadership of the Pan Yoruba socio-political organization, Afenifere, led by Chief Ayo Adebanjo and the convener, Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF) and Ijaw leader, Chief Edwin Clark, for remaining vocal and speaking out on national issues that affect Nigerians.

He noted that South-West and South-South socio-cultural organisations have been consistent in pointing out the injustice meted out to South-East Zone and have been supporting agitations for equity, fairness and good conscience, describing Chief Adebanjo and Chief Clark as models of elder statesmen.

He reminded Nigerians that the presidential candidate of Labour Party, Mr. Peter Obi, represents the face of a new Nigeria without any ethnic coloration.

He added that his emergence has engendered a tsunami-like movement across the country made up of Nigerians from all the ethnic groups of the country.

He assured that Ohanaeze Ndigbo will give Mr. Peter Obi the necessary support and encouragement to actualize his aspirations and change the narrative in the country.

He appealed to the New Nigeria Movement in support of Peter Obi and the Labour Party to disregard and ignore self-centered individuals in the South-East Zone who are speaking from both sides of their mouths.

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