Dikwa cautions El-Rufai and others that they must not divide Nigeria.


Rev. Kallamu Musa Ali Dikwa, the Director-General of the Centre for Justice on Religious and Ethnicity in Nigeria, has advised against splitting the country with religion as presidential candidates of the leading political parties narrow down their quest for running mates.

In an exclusive interview with INFOGONG, Dikwa criticised several Nigerians' comments about who will be the running mate for presidential candidates of political parties in the 2023 general elections.

"These days, I've been reading about who will be the running mate to the All Progressives Congress' presidential candidate, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, in the 2023 general elections," he added. I have saw that all of the significant Muslim politicians, northern Muslim governors, and Muslim traditional rulers, as well as their Islamic scholars, have stated that if a Muslim from the north is not chosen as a running mate, they will not vote for him."

He explained that it suggested that the core northern Muslims had plotted for a long time to sow chaos in the country if Muslims did not rule as President and Vice President.

According to Rev. Dikwa, Nigerians have reached a point when they must unify, regardless of faith or tribe, in order to ensure a formidable nation.

He believes that a Christian/Christian or Muslim/Muslim ticket does not reflect Nigerians' seriousness in guaranteeing fairness to all for the country's prosperity and development.

He stated that it was counterproductive for a country like Nigeria to continue to assume that only a specific faith has those who can direct the country's affairs.

"It is quite regrettable that some preachers are instigating and brainwashing their followers into believing that the country has the capacity to create a President and Vice President," he says.

The presidential candidates of both the PDP and the APC are Muslims. Isn't it enough to see Christians voting without thinking of the two being Muslims? "We have the preachers' VCDs, and now they're trying to test the ground to put the agenda in place."

"Does that mean there is no capable Christian in the entire North who has the capacity and technical know-how to effectively be a running mate to any of the presidential contenders except Muslims?" he wondered. I am confident that Muslim clerics and politicians in the north will regard it as their responsibility to teach unity among Christians and Muslims to their fellow citizens in order to achieve a united country."

"Christians must stop being scared and be brave in taking their position in this country politically, financially, and spiritually," he continued.

At any time, Christians have the ability to produce a Christian President. We have proof of that in the form of a book. Comparative religious statistics from the West African region provide a decent picture of Islam's numerical strength in comparison to other faiths. By American-based group Patrick Johntone's Operation World 2001, a country-by-country picture of Islam, Christianity, and traditional religion is offered in percentages: Muslims 41.00 percent, Christians 52.61 percent."

"Another book created by a Nigerian government body in 2009, entitled "Nigeria Ethnic Value," with 27 committee members, presents religious figures amongst Muslims, Christians, and Traditional Religion: Muslims 41.3 percent, Christians 43.55 percent, Traditionalists 5.23 percent," he continued. We have submitted two letters to the National Population Commission requesting that they provide us with the truth regarding these data, but they have not responded to our letters to date.

“I watched governor Nasiru Ahmed El-interview Rufai's with Channels TV, and he stated that he chose his running mate Muslim/Muslim and won the 2019 elections in Kaduna State. But Governor El-Rufai isn't informing Nigerians about the technique he utilised on the people of Southern Kaduna, in which he prevented them from voting for the candidate of their choice."

"Is Governor El-Rufai telling us that the same tactic he employed on the people of Southern Kaduna will be used in the upcoming general elections in 2023?" he wondered. To destabilise other regions of the country in the upcoming 2023 general elections, especially in Christian communities, using Fulani terrorists, ISWAP, and Ansaru's Jihadists or what? Governor El-Rufai must be warned by Nigerians. Is the attack on the Owo Church in Ondo State part of a larger plan to send terrorists after Nigerians?"


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