Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the presidential candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, met with some Christian clerics on Thursday under the auspices of the Pentecostal Bishops Forum of Northern Nigeria, saying his intention was to bring prosperity to the country.
Tinubu stated during the meeting with the clerics that his choice of Kashim Shettima, a former governor of Borno State, was not a threat to the Christian community.
He stated that his decision was based on competence rather than religious considerations and that only competence can solve the nation’s political and socioeconomic problems.
The former Lagos State Governor said he had always been a friend of the Christian community and should be considered based on his track records, plans, and agenda for developing Nigeria.
He said, “How will Nigeria develop? How do we banish hunger? How do we improve the insecurity, eliminate killing one another, and shedding the blood of innocent citizens? That is what we must take to the office and not our religion.
“My intention is clear, not religiosity. My intention is to develop this country, to bring prosperity to our country, and I have better qualifications, track records, exposure, and vision than any of my mates.
“When the shortlisted names came, I looked at the characters on the list, their background, and everything and here is somebody (Kassim Shetimma) who is so brilliant, so committed, who, during the crisis in Borno, protected Christians.”
However, the bishops said the meeting was not an affirmation that they would endorse the APC’s candidate, adding that they were not committed to supporting anybody.