From Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye, Abuja
The All-Progressive Congress Party Northern Christian Leaders have insisted that the Muslim-Muslim ticket adopted by the ruling party in defiance of protestations by well-meaning key national stakeholders, including prominent Islamic and Christians leaders, is divisive, unjust and insensitive.
This was contained in a communique released Saturday at the end of Leader’s Summit with the theme, “Righteousness Exalts A Nation, but sin is a reproach to any people” held in Abuja.
In the communique signed by Prof Doknan Sheni [Plateau] North Central, Dr. Ishaya Bauka [Taraba] North East and Prof Saidu Ibrahim [Jigawa] North West, the leaders declared that as a consequence; “we Northern Christians in APC will not support or enable in any way this callous attempt to divide Nigeria along religious lines as exemplified by the already toxic debate in the media.
“That we will set up a committee within us with a mandate to go round Nigeria and consult with both Christians and Muslim stakeholders, including other stakeholders who are not of the faith community but who share our aspirations for a peaceful and united Nigeria to arrive at the best platform that will better galvanize and steer our patriotic spirits and resolve towards collectively building a united multi religious, multi-ethnic society as guaranteed by our constitution.
“That we will summon an interfaith summit in no distant future after consultations are concluded across religious divide where notable Muslim and Christian politicians and Islamic and Christian leaders will announce to the nation and the world the best Pan Nigerian platform that will better serve our collective interests as a people, post 2023.
“That all delegates will return to their communities and disseminate these resolutions and await the convocation of the next summit where a final decision would be taken on the ticket that we will collectively vote for in 2023.”