A former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal, has alleged that the All Progressives Congress presidential candidate Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and his running mate, Kashim Shettima, are frustrating reconciliation efforts over the party’s Muslim-Muslim ticket.
Lawal made this claim on Sunday in a statement titled, “Why we are doing what we are doing.”
He said Northern Christian politicians would remain steadfast in their stand for justice, equity and fair play against the APC’s Muslim-Muslim ticket.
He pleaded with Nigerians to understand the position of the Northern Christian politicians on the Muslim-Muslim ticket, adding that any nation or political dispensation built on injustice would crumble.
He said neither Tinubu, Shettima or APC had seen anything wrong in their choice of a same-faith ticket for the 2023 presidential election.
He added that they’ve not made peace with or assuaged northern Christian politicians’ feelings.
The statement read, “We have so far not taken the road to reconciliation because, in the first instance, neither the APC as a party nor its presidential candidate has bothered to seek us out for reconciliation even though early on, our doors were left open for such.
“There are of course some ‘Christian’ turncoats and ‘Judases’ who, driven either by moral turpitude, poverty or greed, have hired themselves out as agents and spoilers of this noble Christian cause.
“To this group, I wish to recommend the study of the biographies of Judas Iscariot and Ahithophel in the Bible. Be careful to note how their lives ended.
“It seems that Tinubu/Shettima’s preferred approach is to attempt to counter our position through insults and sponsored fake Christian organisations to create the impression that there is a division within the Christendom on this matter.”
He added that, “This approach has also portrayed the duo as arrogant and pitiable people whilst also exposing them to the public as people with unimaginable deficiencies of noble character.”
“And, broken they will be indeed. We noticed this trend in APC right from its registration in 2014 up to the 2022 convention, where the overriding goal seemed to have been to exclude northern Christians from all the organs of the party.