More reactions on Monday trailed the choice of a former governor of Borno State, Senator Kashim Shettima by Senator Bola Tinubu as his presidential running mate for the 2023 election. Prominent groups and individuals, who spoke on the preference of the All Progressives Congress (APC) standard-bearer, differed with some expressing strong reservations against the backdrop of the ethno-religious diversity of the country. 

They opined that a Muslim-Muslim ticket would be difficult to sell in parts of the country because it is not based on inclusiveness. 

They also reasoned that it might not be politically savvy due to the prevalent climate of fear, suspicion and distrust in the country. 

There, however, were those who argued that Shettima, over the years, has treated Muslims and Christians alike, adding that Nigerians should be concerned about competence above religious, ethnic considerations. 

Nigeria not ripe for same faith presidential ticket – Catholic archbishop 

Reacting to the burning issue, Catholic Archbishop of Abuja Diocese, Most Reverend Ignatius Kaigama, described the choice of APC Muslim-Muslim ticket as unfortunate. 

Kaigama maintained that Nigeria as a country was not ripe for a same faith Presidential ticket. 

“When you decide that only one religion will produce the major actors, excluding others who will become like strangers, it would not be fair and just. 

“For the sake of religious sensitivity in a place like Nigeria, it is good that we have a balance so that we become like one big family,” Kaigama said. 

Choosing Shettima irresponsible, insensitive – APC senator 

A senator on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), representing Adamawa North, Ishaku Abbo, kicked against the choice of his colleague representing Borno Central, Kashim Shettima as the vice presidential candidate of the party. 

Abbo told newsmen that the choice of a fellow Muslim by the APC presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu was irresponsible, insensitive and showed ignorance of the Nigerian political system. Abbo also announced his withdrawal from the Tinubu Support Organisation (TSO). 

There, however, were those who argued that Shettima, over the years, has treated Muslims and Christians alike, adding that Nigerians should be concerned about competence above religious, ethnic considerations. 

Nigeria not ripe for same faith presidential ticket – Catholic archbishop 

Reacting to the burning issue, Catholic Archbishop of Abuja Diocese, Most Reverend Ignatius Kaigama, described the choice of APC Muslim-Muslim ticket as unfortunate. 

Kaigama maintained that Nigeria as a country was not ripe for a same faith Presidential ticket. 

“When you decide that only one religion will produce the major actors, excluding others who will become like strangers, it would not be fair and just. 

“For the sake of religious sensitivity in a place like Nigeria, it is good that we have a balance so that we become like one big family,” Kaigama said. 

Choosing Shettima irresponsible, insensitive – APC senator 

A senator on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), representing Adamawa North, Ishaku Abbo, kicked against the choice of his colleague representing Borno Central, Kashim Shettima as the vice presidential candidate of the party. 

Abbo told newsmen that the choice of a fellow Muslim by the APC presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu was irresponsible, insensitive and showed ignorance of the Nigerian political system. Abbo also announced his withdrawal from the Tinubu Support Organisation (TSO). 

Abbo said he was baffled that Tinubu ignored recommendations of stakeholders in the party who advised against a Muslim-Muslim ticket. 

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