2023: Keep Calm, Shettima is not an Extremist- CAN Chairman

The All Progressives Congress’ decision to opt for a Muslim-Muslim duo has continued to generate reactions.

This time from Bishop Mohammed Naga, the Chairman, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Borno State Chapter.

Bishop Naga said Kashim Shettima, who is the Party’s choice as Tinubu’s running mate, is not an extremist so there’s nothing to fear.

Tinubu said he chose Shettima, irrespective of his religious affiliation because the former Governor of Borno State would bring the best governance to Nigerians, irrespective of religion or tribe.

Naga’s statement read in part, “My brothers, those who are not from Borno State may not know, but you and I know better.

“Gov. Shettima, in the history of Borno State, is the only Governor that has sponsored the highest number of Christian Pilgrims every year since 2011.

“I am speaking boldly without fear or favour because as CAN Chairman, I don’t receive salary or kobo from the Government or any institution, but the facts need to be told.

“For example, when Gwoza people were driven from their ancestral homes, they fled to Maiduguri, and the Governor personally came to CAN Centre in Jerusalem ward two times in June and July 2014. He gave N10 million for their upkeep at first instance, but the victims weren’t many. By the end of October 2014, the IDPs from Gwoza increased to 42,000 in that camp alone. Governor Shettima came again and gave another N10 million.

“Seeing another presidential candidate applauding him is a plus for him and supporters of Asiwaju. Congratulations to the awaiting president and vice president.”

“He also gave an additional N5 million to Christians from Borno who fled to Cameroon to be returned home.

“Sincerely speaking, as a Christian and a preacher, absolutely I have nothing to fear about Asiwaju’s picking a Muslim as his running mate because he is not a religious bigot and I am happy he has made his mind known to the public in the person of his preferred running mate.

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