The CAN responds to Shettima’s remarks on the Islamization of society and No Peace Without Justice, Equity, and Fairness (Obasanjo)

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has reacted to comments by Vice President-elect Kashim Shettima regarding the leadership of the 10th National Assembly (NASS).Continue Reading>>>

The National Working Committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC) had met to consider the outcome of consultations with President-elect Bola Tinubu and others.

The preference for the top seats in the Red Chamber are Senator Godswill Akpabio (South South – Akwa Ibom), Senate President; Senator Barau Jubrin (North West – Kano), Deputy Senate President. Continue Reading>>>

For the House of Representatives, the APC settled for Hon. Abass Tajudeen (North West – Kaduna); Deputy Speaker, Hon. Ben Kalu (South East – Abia).

At a meeting with some House of Representatives members-elect last Friday, Shettima advised aggrieved candidates and their supporters to accept the party’s zoning arrangement.

The former Borno Central Senator said a scenario where the top four offices in Nigeria are occupied by Muslims would fuel the fears over an alleged plot to Islamise the nation.

What we are trying to avoid is a situation whereby the number one citizen, number two citizen, the number three citizen, and the number four citizen are all of the same faith.

“That will lend credence, and validate the negative narrative of the Islamisation agenda of Nigeria. The stability of the nation is much more important than any other consideration,” the former governor said.

Speaking to DAILY POST, Kaduna State CAN Chairman, Rev. John Joseph Hayab, stated that political leaders were engaging in hypocrisy and what favours them.

The Global Peace Foundation Nigeria (GPFN) Country Director reminded the public of how the body kicked againstthe same-faith ticket ahead of the presidential election.

“When we see danger, we must say it. We gave the warning then, but they said ‘It’s okay, religion doesn’t matter’. Hypocrisy is a big problem in Nigeria.

“If they like, let them have it all. But if we later have another religion, one tribe or one region holding all the top positions, no one should complain.

Former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, has identified mismanagement of diversity as the root of Nigeria’s problem, saying without justice, equity and fairness, there can be no peace, not only in Nigeria but anywhere in the world.

He said having been involved in peacemaking and mediation over the years, he realised that peace, security, and stability were essential ingredients of development. “And of course, you will not get performance without development,” he said.

 

 

Obasanjo, who spoke at the National Daily Award in Lagos also attributed Nigeria’s problem to wrong choices that its leaders have made in the past. He said at the time Nigeria was admitted into the United Nations Organisation (UN), it was described as a giant in the Sun, but lamented that the country had not lived up to that tag.

Nigeria was admitted as a member state of the United Nations on 7 October 1960, having gained independence on October 1 the same year.

Obasanjo said the award was to encourage Nigerians and show them that despite the situation of the country, there are still some spotlights of excellence that should be recognised and celebrated.

Meanwhile, a chieftain of Labour Party (LP), Chinedu Onyeizu, has called on the incoming Federal Government to demonstrate fairness, equity and all-inclusiveness to all geopolitical zones by ensuring political offices are evenly distributed.

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