Former Secretary to the Government of the Federation and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, Babachir Lawal has insisted that northern Christians would not allow the ruling party’s Muslim-Muslim ticket to go unpunished in 2023.
According to him the Bola Tinubu and Kashim Shettima’s ticket of the APC will be fought with prayers and Permanent Voters’ Cards.
The former SGF spoke on Friday at the APC northern Christian leaders summit on Friday.
APC presidential candidate, Tinubu, picked Shettima, a former governor of Borno State, the two are Muslims, as his running mate amid kicks and fierce opposition by several members and non members of the APC.
Following the development, some members of the ruling party have resigned their membership while other key stakeholders, particularly the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), have vowed to reply to the move with their votes in 2023.
Speaking at the summit on Friday, Lawal said, “Clearly, there is an agenda to politically, religiously, and economically suppress and oppress the Northern Christian. But we are up to the task.
“We will protect ourselves. The PVC and our prayers will be our weapons of choice and we will massively deploy them in 2023.
“The main purpose of this historical narrative is to let you know that for The APC, a Muslim-Muslim ticket has been a long-term political strategy and not a one-off decision. Thus, all this talk of competence as the reason for the choice of the Muslim VP is balderdash and diversionary. This is a calculated anti-Christian exclusion agenda that is being implemented.
“One might ask: why is the APC itself mute about our rejection of this Muslim Muslim ticket? And why has none of the other perpetrators of this crisis reached out to Christians for a dialogue? Why are they instead hiring fake Bishops and taking church groups to further embarrass the Church? Why are they embarking on a vicious media war against CAN and the Church instead of seeking reconciliation? Truly, things are not adding up.
“We see this ticket as an assent to the current and continuing educational, economic and political marginalization of the Northern Nigerian Christians.
“This scenario is what we find in all agencies of governments in the north. Therefore, we view this Muslim Muslim ticket as an extension of this practice of exclusion to the uppermost level of government.
“Christians all over the country see this Muslim Muslim ticket as a deliberate and premeditated attempt to introduce and firmly entrench religion into the politics of this country. This, of course, will lead to further disharmony in the hitherto fragile coexistence of the Nigerian society, disrupt peace and hamper both social and economic development of the country.”