Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has carpeted the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, over its comment on the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Bola Tinubu’s choice of vice-presidential candidate for the 2023 general elections.
MURIC in a statement by the group’s director, Professor Ishaq Akintola, accused CAN of heating up the polity with its comment on Tinubu’s choice of former Borno State Governor, Senator Kashim Shettima as running mate.
“Tinubu is under CAN’s hammer for picking a Muslim, Senator Kashim Shettima, as his vice-presidential candidate and Rev. John Hayab of Kaduna State chapter of the organization is the axe man for CAN,” MURIC said.
The group said CAN would never be satisfied with a Muslim as president of Nigeria.
According to the group, a Muslim becoming a president of Nigeria will not suit CAN’s agenda of Nigeria for Christ.
Akintola said, “CAN is simply hungry for power. We know CAN. The group has been canvassing for a Christian running mate not for the benefit of Nigerians but for parochial ends.
“The idea is to milk the Christian vice presidential candidate if his party wins in the end by claiming that the Christian umbrella body fought for him. It is for political influence, contracts and for power. We advise CAN form its own political party.
“It is not written in the constitution that a candidate must not pick a running mate from his own religious group.
“Nigerians should not allow themselves to be deceived by CAN’s spiritual banditry. We warn CAN leave Tinubu alone.”