2015: Nothing Wrong If I Pick A Muslim As Running Mate – Buhari

Major General Muhammadu Buhari, a former Head of State, says there is nothing wrong if he picks a fellow Muslim as his running mate, if he eventually gets the presidential nomination of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the 2015 election.
There is strong belief that Buhari is a religious fanatic and his likely combination with another Muslim for the presidential election is considered as a threat to the nation, especially other religions.
In an interview with TheCable, Buhari said he had demonstrated to Nigerians that he is not a fundamentalist and “there is nothing more I can do”.
“I have not absolutely closed my mind to picking a Christian or Muslim as running mate if I get the ticket. Because I firmly believe that Nigerians, having gone through what they have gone through, realise it is not a matter of religion, but a matter of Nigeria.
“And the main religions, Christianity and Islam, they know and they believe in the almighty God. The question of stealing and short-changing people in the name of religion should stop,” he said.
“This new phenomenon of religion is another blackmail political confusionists in Nigeria are bringing to the fore,” he said.
He also said religion cannot be an issue if he wins APC’s ticket and goes ahead to win the presidential election, because of the background of many political leaders from the South-West.
He pointed out that the wives of Bola Tinubu, APC national leader; Oyo governor, Abiola Ajimobi; Lagos governor, Babatunde Fashola; Ogun governor, Ibikunle Amosun; and former APC interim chairman, Bisi Akande, are all Christians.
“For goodness sake, the children of these political leaders were bred and brought up by Christian mothers. You think those people, wherever they participate, they will bring a religious issue? What kind of people are we? Nigerians will always bring something to cause confusion while we are trying to stabilise the system”, he said.

Author: News Editor

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