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El-Rufai’s comment: Politics is a game of numbers, Shariah Council tells CAN

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June 11., 2023

The Supreme Council for Shari’ah in Nigeria, Kaduna State chapter, has said the former governor of the state, Nasir El-Rufai, only expressed his perspective on the political dynamics in his comments on the Muslim-Muslim ticket.

El-Rufai had recently said Muslim-Muslim ticket would be sustained in Kaduna for 20 years.

He also said it was being replicated at the national level.

Responding, Rev. Joseph Hayab, Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Kaduna State, had called on Nigerians to disregard the comment.

Hayab also stated that such comment was a tactic aimed at advancing his alleged presidential ambition and promoting division among Christians and Muslims in the country.

But in a statement, the council urged CAN to recognise that democracy is determined by the majority as evident in the recently concluded presidential elections.

“Where was CAN when the majority of pastors were making reckless statements that could have led to disastrous consequences for Nigeria, if not for the divine intervention of Allah (SWT)? Where was CAN when a pastor was seen brandishing an AK-47 rifle on the pulpit in Abuja?”

“Where was CAN when certain Christian clergies were making prophecies of doom for our country? Despite all the noise and false prophecies, nothing negative befell our dear nation, Nigeria,” the statement read.

Furthermore, the statement elaborated on the Muslim ummah’s tolerance, pointing out that a Muslim-dominated state like Taraba is governed by a Christian.

“If Plateau State with a population that is over 35 per cent Muslim was denied the deputy governor position, why should Kaduna State with a Muslim population close to 75 per cent, not have a Muslim-Muslim ticket?”

The council emphasized that CAN should comprehend that peace could only be achieved through justice and adherence to democratic principles, which are relative to demographic realities.

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