inister of State for Labour and Employment of Nigeria, Festus Keyamo has defended the decision of presidential candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu to field a Muslim as a running mate ahead of the 2023 presidential election.
Tinubu, the presidential candidate of the APC, on Sunday, July 10 revealed former Governor of Borno State, Kashim Shettima as his running mate.
The Muslim-Muslim ticket of the APC has since stirred reactions.
Taking to Twitter on Monday morning, July 11, Keyamo rubbished claims that a Muslim-Muslim ticket was an injustice to a religiously divided nation like Nigeria.
He tweeted; “Govt. doesn’t exist to assuage the egos of religious leaders, but to bring about development for everyone. Today, most religious leaders in Nigeria go to Dubai and the USA for shopping & holidays when the UAE is being governed by Muslims & the USA is being governed by Christians”
“There’s no country in the world where history tells us that its development was as a result of ‘balanced’ presidential tickets (in terms of religion) over the years; countries developed as a result of visionary leadership and not because they pandered to some religious sentiments”