The Muslim Rights Concern, MURIC, has slammed the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, for criticising the Muslim-Muslim ticket fielded by the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC.
The APC on Sunday announced the former governor of Borno State, Kashim Shettima, as the running mate of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu in the 2023 presidential election.
With both men being Muslims, CAN kicked, describing the ticket as divisive.
This was frowned upon by MURIC through a statement issued by the group’s director, Professor Ishaq Akintola.
“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.
“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, for contracts and for power. We advise CAN to 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 to leave Tinubu alone.”