The Christian Association of Nigeria, or CAN, has come under fire from the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) for its stance on Bola Tinubu’s choice of vice-presidential candidate for the general elections of 2023.
The Christian group was accused by the Islamic human rights group of inflaming politics by criticizing Tinubu’s selection of Senator Kashim Shettima, a former governor of Borno State, as his running partner.
This was made know in a statement released by MURIC on Tuesday, and signed by Professor Ishaq Akintola, the group’s director.
“Tinubu is under CAN’s hammer for picking a Muslim, Senator Kashim Shettima, as his vice-presidential candidate and Rev. John Hayab of Kaduna State chapter of the organization is the axe man for CAN,” MURIC said.
According to the group, CAN will never be happy with a Muslim president ruling Nigeria.
The group claims that CAN’s mission of reclaiming Nigeria for Christ will be compromised by a Muslim becoming President of Nigeria.
“CAN is simply hungry for power. We know CAN. The group has been canvassing for a Christian running mate not for the benefit of Nigerians but for parochial ends.
“The idea is to milk the Christian vice presidential candidate if his party wins in the end by claiming that the Christian umbrella body fought for him. It is for political influence, for contracts and for power. We advise CAN to form its own political party.
“It is not written in the constitution that a candidate must not pick a running mate from his own religious group.
“Nigerians should not allow themselves to be deceived by CAN’s spiritual banditry. We warn CAN to leave Tinubu alone.”