Former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode has revealed that he would support and defend the All Progressives Congress, APC presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, should he picks a Muslim running-mate.
Recall that since the conclusion of presidential primaries of the leading political parties in the country, the choice of running mates has been generating controversy.
Various persons have expressed their concerns and opinions over possibility of the ruling party, APC and the main opposition party, PDP to end up with Muslim running mates.
Fani-Kayode, an APC political actor, in his reaction to the issue on Channels TV, said that religion though very important factor to consider, should not be a barrier for the party in choosing who will run alongside Tinubu.
Fani-Kayode said it would be a “very big mistake” for anyone to think Muslim-Muslim ticket is not a big deal.
He said, “It’s an issue and we will have to explain and defend to the wider population of the Nigerian people if we choose to go that way. I am not saying I’m against it. If that’s what the candidate wants, we will stand by him and defend him.
“However, we need to defend it. We can’t just say religion has no place in the politics of today. It certainly does, especially where 50 Christians were slaughtered in a Church in Owo the other day. In Southern Kaduna the other day, a number of 34 Christians were slaughtered,” he added.
The APC chieftain expressed his dissatisfaction with the manners faithfuls of Christianity and Islam were being killed all over the country under the guise of religion.
“We have a Islamist revolt that is to say ISWAP on the one hand, Bokoharam on the other and so many herdsmen killings and these people happened not to be the real Muslims, but pretending to Muslims, because the real Muslims do that kind of thing.
Fani-Kayode, who revealed that these facts could not be ignored, however, said he would defend and support the presidential candidate should he (Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu) eventually chooses a Muslim runnig-mate.
“Let’s just hope he reasons it out carefully and chooses the right candidate to run with him,” he said.