“Religion Does Not Matter In Governance,” El-Rufai Speaks Again On APC Presidential Ticket
Former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory and chieftain of the APC, Mallam Nasir El rufai has declared that the religion of a person does not matter in his discharge of governance duties.
The Deputy National Secretary of the APC wrote on his facebook page that “If APC presents what you call a Christian-Christian or Muslim-Muslim ticket, I will support it providing the persons have a track record of integrity and competence. I would not care about their religion. I stand by that statement.”
“That is my opinion, not APC’s”, El rufai said.
There had been speculation that the APC was preparing to present a former Head of State, Maj.Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), and an erstwhile Governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu, as its presidential and vice-presidential candidates.
Giving his views on the speculation Mallam Nasir El-Rufai had written on 1st April 2014 as follows:
“APC will present an integrity-competence ticket not religion. Politics and governance are not to be mixed or dictated to by any religion.”
“The APC will present to Nigerians the best persons with the integrity, capacity and competence to create jobs, fight corruption and rebuild our nation without discrimination. How these persons worship the Almighty God is private to them and dies not matter to discerning Nigerians particularly young people that suffer most from bad governance, unemployment and the Jonathanian culture of impunity.
“The PDP that has no record to show other than escalation in corruption, grand larceny, trillions missing, private jets and deaths of innocent people. The PDP’s only “winning strategy” is built around promoting and financing regional and religious division, and using the proceeds of corruption to buy the military, police and INEC officials rig the next elections.
“They will be defeated no matter what they think because Nigerians are wiser and will not be taken for a ride any longer.”
El rufai also yesterda today that “In my life time, I have seen leadership tickets like Yakubu Gowon-Akinwale Wey, Buhari-Idiagbon and Abiola-Kingibe giving me hope that these divisions are contrived. The religions of these Nigerian leaders did not affect my Islamic faith or practice one way or another.
“I am the Deputy National Secretary of the APC not because I am a Muslim, but because my legacy party the CPC nominated me as someone that can represent all Nigerians and have something to offer. Those that see my appointment any other way are simply divisive bigots but are entitled to their jaundiced views. It does not mean I will accept that.
“Nigeria needs honest, competent leaders to pull us out of the grave of corruption, impunity, hopelessness and joblessness that Jonathan’s dishonesty and incompetence has buried us. Such persons of any religion are welcome in my view. But that is only my view.”
Commenting further on APC leadership criteria El rufai referred to a statement by Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola of Lagos State – himself a Muslim – that Nigerians “must decide whether you want someone who spends most of his time in church or mosque, or the man who is ready to spend his time on the job.”
Fashola’s name had been mentioned consistently as possible APC vice-presidential material before the Buhari/Tinubu ticket came up.
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