Chief Femi Fani-Kayode has insisted that Muslim-Muslim candidate for 2015 presidential election for the APC will be a recipe for disaster. In a long article titled “A Strange Dream for Muslim-Muslim Ticket”, Femi Fani-Kayode advised the party that it would be insensitive to Christians, even him as a person, to field Muslim president and a vice president for the upcoming election in 2015.
In response to Nasir el-Rufai who wrote on his wall that religion doesn’t matter but people with high integrity Femi Fani-Kayode wrote:
“To those who say that the APC will produce a Presidential and Vice Presidential candidate that have ‘’integrity, capacity and competence’’ and that the religious faith of those two candidates does not matter, I have only the following to say. The ‘’integrity, capacity, competence’’ and all those other laudable qualities are virtues that can surely be found in adherents of both the Muslim and the Christian faith.
They are not the exclusive preserve of the adherents of one faith alone. You can find muslims that have these qualities and you can find Christians that have them as well. It therefore makes perfect sense to present one of such people from each of the two major faiths as a Presidential and Vice Presidential candidate respectively.
This is especially so given the fact that Nigeria is a multi-religious, multi-cultural and multi-ethnic country which suffers from severe religious tensions and periodic sectarian violence and which has at least 80 million Christians and muslims on both sides of the divide living side by side. We are already sitting on a keg of gunpowder and to ignore one side of the religious divide and treat them with contempt and disdain may be the trigger that causes that keg to explode.
Presenting a muslim/muslim ticket for the 2015 Presidential election ticket, no matter how cleverly rationalised, defended or justified in the pursuit of an ideal or in the name of ‘’political correctness’’, will be a terrible insult to the 80 million Christians that are part and parcel of this country and it would result in their voting, en masse, for another party. My candid advice to those that are thinking that way and that are moving in that direction is that they should perish the thought and that they should do so very quickly.”
Femi Fani-Kayode asked the APC to come out and clarify the rumour that the APC wants to go ahead with the bad idea of fielding a Muslim-Muslim ticket.