In the same vein, Christian elders in the 19 Northern States and Abuja under the aegis of the Northern States Christian Elders Forum, have warned against fielding a Muslim-Muslim ticket for presidency in the 2023 general elections.
The group described such a move as insensitive and selfish.
The NOSCEF’s Chairman, Ejoga Inalegwu, in a statement in Kaduna on Tuesday, said the group was concerned about the dangerous kite being flown.
The statement said, “The Northern States Christian Elders Forum read with concerns the reported meeting of a frontline politician with some Northern Elders, advocating a Muslim/Muslim ticket if, given the Presidential ticket and many days after, the report has not been refuted.
“We wonder which Northern Elders were in the said meeting. Let us recall the Chief Abiola Alhaji Kingibe Muslim-Muslim ticket that won the election in a military-imposed two-party system in 1993. The majority of Nigerians, including myself, voted for that ticket because, a vote for that ticket was a vote for fairness, equity, justice, and power rotation between North and South, South East and North East.”
The group condemned any move that would further aggravate the lines of the divide “for selfish political gains at the expense of a peaceful and united Nigeria.”
They said, “We appeal to all Nigerians across party, regional, ethnic and religious divides to rise up and mobilise the citizenship against any inconsiderate politician or political grouping, seeking to promote exclusion and marginalisation of any section of our country.”