Former National chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and former Governor of Edo State, Adams Oshiomhole has said a Muslim-Muslim ticket can only become an issue in the country if it will affect freedom of worship. He spoke on Wednesday during a chat on Cable television.
Speaking on those supporting the opposition to the choice of Senator Kashim Shettima as running mate to the APC presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu, Oshiomhole said Nigeria was at its best when religion did not feature.
According to him, “Those hiding under the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) umbrella to criticize the APC ticket decided to toe that part for personal interest.
“You do not expect people who had expectations and when they suddenly found out that their expectations were not met, not to sing another song. Some of them have personal interests.
“Those crying out had the opportunity to canvass and vote one of the Christian candidates during our primaries. But, it is on record that those whipping the sentiment of religion led Asiwaju’s campaign knowing full well that he is a Muslim.”
Oshiomhole, who also spoke in an interview on Arise TV described the “anti-same-faith crusaders as Christians by mouth and devils by heart” and accused them of “trying to incite religious violence.”
He said, “The APC presidential standard bearer has shown religious tolerance in his family.
“This country has survived religious wars. Even people who are on record of being prosecuted for misappropriating money that a Muslim President appropriated in favour of Christian children who were displaced. They are now the new voice of Christianity.
“So, we must distinguish between Christian by mouth and devil by heart who wants to see Nigeria engulfed in a war that nobody can win.
“Asiwaju has a Christian wife of about 40 years and is happily married. Is that not an example of what the nation should be?”
On when the same-faith ticket can become an issue, he said, “If we have a Muslim-Muslim ticket, will that affect freedom of worship? If the answer is yes, then, there is a serious issue. If we have a Christian-Christian ticket, will that affect the freedom of Muslims, if yes, then, there is a problem.”