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Tinubu's Camp Is Hiring Poor, Hungry Christian Judases To Support APC's Muslim-Muslim Ticket —Party Chieftain, Babachir Lawal

September 26, 2022

Lawal, who made the allegation in a statement, said that a number of Nigerians have reached out to him and a former Speaker of House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, trying to convince them to accept the Tinubu/APC’s Muslim-Muslim ticket.


The former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir Lawal, has accused the presidential candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) of desperately procuring fake Christian groups and leaders in an effort to convince Nigerians into accepting his Muslim-Muslim ticket ahead of the 2023 general elections.


Lawal, who made the allegation in a statement, said that a number of Nigerians have reached out to him and a former Speaker of House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, trying to convince them to accept the Tinubu/APC’s Muslim-Muslim ticket.


The Nation quoted the former SGF as saying, “We have so far not taken the road to reconciliation because in the first instance, neither the APC as a party nor its presidential candidate has bothered to seek us out for reconciliation even though early on, our doors were left open for such.


“We only get to learn of their views through vile propaganda in the media courtesy of their rabid attack dogs who they have procured in abundance.


“There are of course some ‘Christian’ turncoats and ‘Judases’ who, driven either by moral turpitude, poverty or greed, have hired themselves out as agents and spoilers of this noble Christian course.


“To this group, I wish to recommend the study of the biographies of Judas Iscariot and Ahithophel in the Bible. Be careful to note how their lives ended


“It seems that Bola/Kashim’s preferred approach is to attempt to counter our position through insults and sponsored fake Christian organizations in order to create the impression that there is division within Christendom on this matter.


“Needless to say, this tactic has failed woefully. They are now the butt of jokes in church gatherings all over the country. Unknown to them, Church history emphatically records that Christians are more united in terms of adversity and persecution as now being propelled by this same faith ticket of the APC.


“This approach has also portrayed the duo as arrogant and pitiable people whilst also exposing them to the public as people with unimaginable deficiencies of noble character.


“The reality is that for each minute that this same-faith ticket duo have spent on their Goebellsian propaganda, they have ended up spending several hours more trying to rebutt the controversies that they themselves create in the process.


“Everyone, including some notable Christian haters, are now inviting false Bishops and ‘CAN leaders’ to meetings. They are busy fabricating overnight “Christian” organisations that churn out falsehood to the public. It is such a pity that people who intend to lead our country could descend to such low levels of morality and deficiency of conscience.”


Similarly, the former Speaker, Dogara said that they are still consulting to have a pan-Nigerian platform to adopt.


Dogara noted that having rejected the divisive same faith ticket by the APC, they were consulting with relevant Islamic and Christians leaders to jointly adopt a pan-Nigerian platform that all of them would support in 2023.


The former Speaker, according to The Nation, made this known while speaking on a lecture entitled “Nigerian democracy post 1999: Progress, diversity and national unity” at a magazine launch and awards event organized by MUPUN youths association in Jos, Plateau state capital.


It was gathered that Dogara, who was represented by the former member representing Pankshin, Kanke Kanam federal constituency of Plateau, Timothy Golu, said when some of them rose against the Muslim-Muslim ticket, it was because they were bothered by the issues and insistence on same faith ticket and same faith voting which is tantamount to summoning a jihad to collide with a crusade.


According to him, the people promoting “this combustible agenda” hate the North and by extension, Nigeria as they want to “use religion to weaken the North first for some sinister schemes because our weakness is their strength".


“Take it or leave it, if Nigeria has a major promise those that will deliver on it will be those of you who will summon the courage to embrace people of other faiths in the spirit of justice equity and fairplay. The truth is that no one will root out Islam just like no one will root out Christianity from the North or Nigeria.


“If that is the case, why won’t Christians and Muslims work together on the many things we agree upon to make Plateau, the North and Nigeria great? All that bothers us is the progress of all Nigerians regardless of creed,” he said. 


However, Yakubu Dati, Chief of Staff to the Director-General, APC Presidential Campaign Council, Governor Simon Lalong, said that Lawal is undermining the goodwill of Northern Christians.


Dati accused Lawal of trying to isolate Christians in the North from playing significant roles in Nigeria's mainstream politics.


According to Dati, Lawal is trying to lead Northern Christians in the wrong direction because he lost the bid to be appointed running mate to Tinubu.


Dati said, “Last time I checked, Babachir Lawal does not have the mandate to speak on behalf of northern Christians because he was never elected to lead any such group and does not command the respect of the average northern Christians. Even in his native Hong Local Government, Lawal does not have a voice, as his voice thins out when other respected personalities from the area like the current SGF, Boss Mustapha, speak.


“But more profoundly is the fact that Babachir Lawal talks as one who does not have a sense of history hence he is trying to carve out a region out of Nigeria to make them a target of derision and scorn.


“Without anybody sending him, Lawal is trying to damage the reputation of northern Christians who have all along been accommodating and tolerant of other Nigerians.”