2015: Christian elders oppose Northern Muslim president

Christian leaders from the North have said in Kaduna that they would no longer support the emergence of a Muslim president from the North since the region had had enough national Muslim leaders from the region since independence.

The elders, under the aegis of Northern States’ Christian Elders Forum (NOSCEF), said they would work assiduously towards producing the next presidential candidate of the country, who must be a Christian from the North.
“The region had had enough of Muslim national leaders since independence to the disadvantage of the Christian community,” they said.

A communique issued at the end of the forum’s emergency meeting in Kaduna and jointly signed by its chairman, Evangelist Matthew Owojaiye and the secretary General, Mr Iliya Yusuf, noted that among the heads of state and presidents produced by the northern region, only one of them was a Christian.

It said that even those that were democratically elected were Muslims with overwhelming support from the Christians, they said.

The communique listed past leaders from the North as Alhaji Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, General Yakubu Gowon, General Murtala Mohammed, Alhaji Shehu Shagari, General Muhammadu Buhari, General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida, General Sani Abacha, General Abdulsalami Abubakar and Alhaji Umaru Yar’Adua.

“You can see that out of these nine persons, the Northern Christians produced only one; that is, General Yakubu Gowon. If we are to consider elective presidents, we had Alhaji Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, Alhaji Shehu Shagari, Alhaji Umaru Yar’Adua.

“The Northern Muslims have produced three elective presidents. The Christians from the North have produced none. Justice, equity, fairness show that the next president of Nigeria from the North must be a Christian. Nothing less than that should happen,” the communique said.

Source: www.tribune.com.ng

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