Bola Ahmed Tinubu and the Nigerian Presidency in 2023..
Bola Ahmed Tinubu popularly called Jagaban and a great strategist when it comes to the politics of Lagos state and South West Nigeria has just shot himself on the leg by deciding to run a Muslim/Muslim ticket with the APC party in Nigeria.
One would have thought he would choose a woman and a Christian as his VP but because he thinks he is clever he went against the leadings of wisdom. Nigeria is already divided along tribal, religious lines you now further choose to enlarge the divide by your selfish and sinister plot. For the first time in a very wrong timing Jagaban has done himself in by his erroneous political calculations.
It is a well known fact that the ratio of Muslim to Christian in Nigeria is about 50 percent to 50 percent. There are as many Muslims as there are christians according to statistics.
How can you infer that in a nation as vast as Nigeria there is no Christian who qualifies to be your running mate????
It is a sad day for Bola Ahmed Tinubu popularly called Jagaban because by this singular action he has shot himself on the leg and cut off the votes of any right thinking Christian Forever.
Bola Ahmed Tinubu is basing his political permutations on the 1993 MKO presidential elections where MKO choose Baba GANA Kingibe of the SDP
as his running mate and it was a Muslim/ Muslim ticket. The situation then is not the situation now. The times have changed drastically to an all time low thanks to the bad leadership of our so called leaders from 1999 till now. We are in a different time and space in Nigeria. Also globalization has helped us disseminate information faster and quicker. The average Nigerian is smarter, more aware and more knowledgeable.
MKO Abiola was an incredible human being who was a bridge builder and nation bullder. He loved people and loved Nigerians irrespective of tribe and tongue. Bola Ahmed Tinubu has misjudged the times that we are living in. Things have so fallen apart now that the center can no longer hold according to Chinua Achebe’s book. Nigeria then in 1992/93 and Nigeria of 2022/23 are two different Nigerians.
Already there is a lot of backlash from many quarters about the choice of a Muslim/Muslim ticket.
Bola Ahmed Tinubu ‘s decision to jettison a Christian politician speaks volumes…….
Instead of using his position, power and influence to build bridges across tribal, religious lines he has further widened the gaps and now festers some of the rumours of the agenda of Islamization the Nigerian state and so many other rumours flying around in the Nigerian political space.
The choice of a Muslim Muslim ticket is particularly unnecessary and insensitive at such a time like this in our political life.
The good thing about the entire miscalculation of Bola’s political miscalculation is that good minded Nigerian Christian voters will find an alternative to Bola Ahmed ‘s party. They will see the need to vote for an alternative party and not APC in the coming elections.
We are in interesting times as we go into the election year……
As a people we must continue to pray for our nation and country for God Almighty to help us and guide us.
VICTORIA PRAISE ABRAHAM.
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