2023: Group Writes Buhari, Warns Against Muslim-Muslim Ticket 

2023: Group Writes Buhari, Warns Against Muslim-Muslim Ticket 

Caleb Ishaya 

As the controversy of picking a running mate for the presidential candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress APC, Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu continues, A group known as Nigeria Democracy Defence Watch has warned on the danger of presenting a Muslim/Muslim ticket  in the 2023 presidential election. 

The group warned  that such development will not only be a threat to national stability but could also retard peace and security in Nigeria. 

The civic group In a 7 page letter written to President Muhammadu Buhari,  said the Muslim/Muslim ticket if the ruling party goes ahead with the agenda will only portray Nigeria as an Islamic and a sectarian nation which will be ultimately resisted by the nation’s millions of practicing Christians. 

​​​​​Alhaji Ahmed Ibrahim Adamu, the National coordinator, Otunba Adeniji Niyi Adegoke National Secretary of the Nigeria Democracy Defence Watch in the letter to the President titled ‘APC’s Muslim/Muslim Ticket in Nigeria’s 2023 Elections: A Threat to National Stability, Regional Peace and Security’, said it is worried more particularly, the international dimension it is taking with a recent letter by 5 United States senators to the US Senate where they are calling for readmission of Nigeria as a Country of Particular Concern, CPC due to the worsening sectarian violence in the country. 

The group called  President  Buhari to direct the security forces to do the needful by advising Sen Bola Ahmed Tinubu and the ruling party on the possible threats this action could pose to security in the country.

“It is pertinent to note the serious implications of the above with regards to security. This is especially when one rightly imagines that Christians will feel threatened with a Muslim/Muslim ticket, and may resort to pulpit preachings and mobilization of opinions across the Christendom. Civil society organizations and students would likely protest this destructive introduction into our polity in various manners which may constitute security concerns. However, it should be noted that the “original sin” is the adoption of a Muslim/Muslim ticket by the ruling APC, and not the reactions and responses that may follow it.”

The group which had the letter to the President copied to all head of democratic and security institutions in Nigeria as well as other international concerns also warned on the danger such political arrangement could cause on the continental security. 

“The West African sub – regional, and indeed, African regional peace and security are basically predicated on the presumption of Nigeria’s political stability, or at least, the absence of any conflict that can overwhelm the Nigerian State. This is because there is nothing in the African Peace and Security Architecture that is designed to contain a conflict in Africa’s largest population of over 200 million people in a country that shares very porous borders with three sub – regions – West, Central and North Africa. 

“In the first place, its humanitarian consequences are frightening to imagine – in the event of a civil war or armed conflict in Nigeria, there will be a complete sub – regional melt down in 72 hours, if just 5 percent of the Nigerian population crosses the borders. Its economic repercussions will be a total calamity across the entire sub regions of West and Central Africa. The security implication of weapons proliferation and explosion of the two deadly terrorist organizations currently based in Nigeria, into the rest of the entire continent of Africa, can only be better be imagined. 

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