A member of the Stakeholders Relation Directorate of the Tinubu-Shettima Presidential Campaign Council, Nuhu Bunu, has said appointment of Christians as Secretary to the Government of the Federation and Chief of Staff to president-elect, Bola Tinubu, would erase impression of planned Inslamisation of the country.
Banu, in a statement yesterday, said Tinubu should further clarify that the Muslim-Muslim ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC) was a political strategy aimed at winning the presidential election.
The APC chieftain said: “Now that the election is won by APC and Asiwaju Tinubu, it is important to demonstrate that the Muslim-Muslim ticket of Asiwaju Tinubu and Sen. Shettima is simply an electoral strategy and indeed represents a progressive template for inclusion in Nigerian politics.
“For this to be achieved, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu must not allow parochial politics or selfish ambition of potential office holders to drive the process of constituting the next Cabinet.
“Individual aspirations by potential office holders may only result in unmanageable contests for positions in the next cabinet.
“APC must avoid past pitfalls and develop a proactive strategy of producing a religiously balanced government post May 29, 2023 under the leadership of Asiwaju Tinubu.
“Asiwaju Tinubu, must not make the mistake of proceeding with the task of constituting a new Government based on business-as-usual strategy, which will be inconsiderate.
“The opportunity of constituting a new all inclusive government must be used strategically to reconcile the APC with Nigerians.
“Sacrifices must be made by every leader of the party to create the condition for an Asiwaju Tinubu led Federal Government to emerge with strong legitimacy and wider support base by Nigerians.
“There is a need to reflect religious considerations in the distribution of political offices.
“Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu must consciously avoid any mistake that could be used by political adversaries to suggest religious insensitivity to Nigerians.
“He must take steps to manage the aspirations of individual leaders to positions in the next Federal Government.
“Some positions, for instance, must be deliberately balanced with religious considerations.
“Some specific recommendations may be necessary at this point. The offices of Chief of Staff to the President and Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) would have to be allocated and reserved for Christians.
“Given that the President and Vice President are both Muslims, no Muslim should aspire for any of these offices. Opportunists may argue that in the past, little consideration was given to religion.
“This kind of lop-sided reality must be corrected as a strategic approach to dousing religious tension in the country.
“With a Muslim President and a Muslim Vice President, it is only logical to appoint Christians as Chief of Staff (COS) and Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) respectively, in other to pacify christians and create inclusiveness.
“Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu needs to recognise that the Muslim-Muslim ticket he introduced that won the 2023 Presidential election, if not managed to produce the desired outcome of religious inclusivity could further widen the division among Nigerians, which should be avoided.
“A successfully well-managed Muslim-Muslim ticket would make a Christian-Christian ticket viable and possible in the nearest future.
“That is the only way to show Nigerians that the Islamisation agenda that has become a singsong for the opposition is only the hallucinatory proclamation of some individuals and groups.”