Tinubu should make Christians CoS, SGF – Group
A group, Concern Christians of Nigeria in Kaduna State, has urged the president-elect, Bola Tinubu, to reserve the slots for the Secretary to Government of the Federation and the Chief of Staff to the President, for Christians when he takes over from President Buhari come May 29.
The group who expressed concern over the Muslim-Muslim ticket, argued that since the President elect and Vice President elect were Muslims, the two positions should go to Christians for the sake of fairness, equity and justice.
The Leader of the group, Rt. Hon. John Audu-Kwaturu, in a statement titled, ‘Presidential Election: Christian Group Tasks Tinubu on Inclusive , Equitable Appointments,’ issued in Kaduna, stressed that Tinubu should give more room to Christian in his government and be all-inclusive, equitable in terms of appointment such that Christian would erased the feelings of being marginalized.
The group noted that making Christians to develop sense of belonging would mitigate the religious crisis due to pandemonium that accompanied the Muslim-Muslim ticket of the Tinubu Presidency.
“The presidency should be inclusive and fair. It is no longer a news in Nigeria that the president-elect His Excellency Bola Ahmed Tinubu with his vice His Excellency Kashim Shattima the vice President-elect are both from the same faith in which it has stir so much uproar within the political space in Nigeria.
“This is the first time since 1999 that both the office of the president and that of the vice president are occupied by persons of the same faith (Muslim). We are among the Christians that stood out ground and supported the Muslim-Muslim tickets. Thus, the Christian communities are calling for fairness in terms of appointments into key positions in the incoming government.
“Since the office of the president and that of the vice President is Muslim Muslim then the office of the chief of staff to the president and that of the S.G.F should also be Christian Christian so that the Christian communities will not say that the Presidency is being islamized. This will show inclusion in the incoming government and it will also ease the present tension bedeviling our nation.
“We appreciate the president-elect for his kind gesture, we will also want to remind the president-elect on how his appointment in the campaign council from the director general of the campaign council to the secretary went a long way to ease the tension of the Muslim Muslim tickets.
“We call on Mr president-elect to use his brilliant ideas to balance up. As we’ll continue to pray for him and also to support him,” they said.