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How can a plural society like Nigeria with 200 plus million population among which over 80 million are Christians be ruled by number one and number two citizens belonging to the same religion (Islam), and tell me that the Christians should not feel aggrieved?

If it were Christian-Christian ticket, we would definitely not be happy, because, it is natural we all have sentiment towards our beliefs and so, I feel the pain of Christians.

However, politically speaking, you cannot point an accusing finger at the ruling AllProgressives Congress, APC, for the ultimate aim of any political party is winning election. The sentiments, sensitivities and sensibilities of people are secondary. The APC did their calculations and went for what will favour them.

Not only that, this is not the first time Nigeria is having a mono-religious ticket. Take a memory tour into Nigeria’s history and see how it originated.

In 1979, the Unity Party of Nigeria’s (UPN) Awolowo and Chief Philip Umeadi ran on Christian-Christian ticket. Similarly, Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe and Professor Ishaya Audu ran on Christian-Christian ticket on the platform of the Nigerian People’s Party (NPP). In 1966-1975, Yakubu Gowon and Joseph Akinwale ruled on Christian-Christian ticket. Johnson Ironsi and Babafemi Ogundipe also ruled on Christian-Christian ticket.

Since our diversity is taken care of by the law of the land and whatever comes up, we refer to the constitution, then, where in the voluminous Nigeria’s constitution is mono-religious ticket forbidden?

If Christians are really serious about this, let their grievances be encapsulated in the constitution.

Sulaiman Maijama’a,

Faculty of Communication,

Bayero University Kano, BUK.

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