Amid concerns raised across the country over the choice of the former governor of Borno state, Alh. Kashim Shetima, as the running mate to the All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu, the party’s candidate for Eket federal constituency in Akwa Ibom State, Hon Eseme Eyibo has hailed the combination, saying Nigeria’s dwindling fortunes, insecurity and other vices facing the nation have nothing to do with Muslim-Muslim ticket.
Eyibio explained that what Nigeria needs at this critical time is transformational leadership, regardless of tribe or religion.
He stated this on Monday while speaking with The Trumpet in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State on the choice of Shettima, as Tinubu’s running mate.
Hear him: “When we talk about Muslim-Muslim ticket, the question we must answer is: Is Nigeria’s dwindling fortunes, insecurity, poverty rating, content growth because of religion? The answer in my opinion is no.
“The next question is what does Nigeria need to come out of her present state that we are concerned about? Nigeria needs transformational leadership, regardless of tribe, religion and primordial sentiments. Nigeria needs leadership that will be able to transform this country to 11 we will grow, have opportunities and where people will have trust and ownership in governance”.
The House of Representatives hopeful stated further that the issue of corruption does not arise as a result of religion, adding that in countries such as India, China and Korea no one would say that their prosperity and growth are the consequence of religion.
“Is the issue of corruption as a result of religion? The answer is no. Religion is critical to the extent that we have to play religion and ethnicity in the affairs of governance.
“If you go to places such as India, China, Japan and Korea, would you say that prosperity and growth are a consequence of religion? No. So, we should dethrone the issue of religion in our governance” he added.