Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu, a former governor of Niger State, has called on Nigerians to reject same faith ticket in the forthcoming general elections.
According to him, Muslim-Muslim ticket would encourage divide and rule.
Aliyu who stated this while receiving the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Atiku/Okowa presidential group at his residence in Minna said the Muslim -Muslim ticket is a taboo to Nigeria’s Unity.
He argued that Muslim candidates as President and Vice President will no doubt be described as a time bomb to the unity of the country and amount to injustice, lack of fairness and equity.
“As a nationalist, and a Muslim, such is a sentiment that would encourage divide and rule without a sense of reasoning and respect for Christians and pleaded with all well meaning Nigerians to reject the same faith ticket in its entirety,” he maintained.
Aliyu called on members of the Atiku/Okowa support group to intensify efforts at educating Nigerians, especially the electorate on the need for religious tolerance in its practical terms.
According to him, as a Muslim, I would not have thought of voting for anything like Christian/Christian ticket and I wondered why the ruling party would ever conceive what they would not take if presented to any of them individually or collectively”.
“And, anybody who is supporting same faith ticket, be it Muslim or Christian, does not mean well for Nigeria because doing so only amounts to promoting; injustice, lack of fairness and equity for adherents of other religions”.