Former president of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo, is warning political parties about what he has described as the danger of having Muslim-Muslim or Christian-Christian presidential and vice-presidential candidates for the 2015 elections.
In a press statement released to journalists in Abeokuta on Sunday, he stated that Nigeria is too religious conscious for such an arrangement, Vanguard reports.
Here is the statement he released on the matter:
Sensitivity is a necessary ingredient for enhancement of peace, security and stability at this point in the political discourse and
arrangement for Nigeria and for encouraging confidence and trust.
It will be insensitive to the point of absurdity for any leader or any political party to be toying with Muslim-Muslim or Christian-Christian ticket at this juncture.
Nigeria cannot at this stage raise the spectre and fear of Islamization or Christianization. The idea of proselytization in any form is a grave danger that must not be contemplated by any serious -minded politician at this delicate situation in Nigeria, as
this time is different from any other time.
Therefore, disregarding the fact that there are fears that need to be allowed at this point will amount not only to insensitivity of the highest order but will also amount to very bad politics indeed.
Some reports allege that Obasanjo released the statement in response to All Progressive Congress (APC) presidential aspirant, Muhammadu Buhari’s recent comments he made about not being opposed to a Muslim-Muslim ticket.