The controversial remarks made by former governor Nasir El-Rufai regarding Muslim domination in Nigerian politics have sparked concerns about the unity of the country. Many individuals and organizations, including the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), have condemned his statements, deeming them divisive and potentially detrimental to national harmony.
El-Rufai’s remarks came to light through a viral video where he expressed his support for a Muslim-Muslim ticket in the country’s political landscape. This suggestion of excluding Christians from political leadership positions has ignited tensions and raised fears of Islamization among some Christian leaders and communities.
Addressing the Issue:
Samuel Kwamkur, a former National Director of Legal and Public Affairs at CAN, strongly criticized El-Rufai’s comments. Kwamkur, who is also a member of the Nigeria Inter-Religious Council, expressed concern about the impact such statements can have on the delicate balance between faiths in Nigeria. He highlighted the importance of unity and cooperation between religious groups in the country and the need for leaders to promote inclusivity and understanding.
Kwamkur argued that El-Rufai’s remarks contradict the spirit of interfaith dialogue and collaboration fostered by organizations like the Nigeria Inter-Religious Council. He stated that the actions and statements of leaders hold significant influence and can either promote peaceful coexistence or exacerbate tensions. Kwamkur further emphasized that Nigerian politics has traditionally witnessed Muslim-Christian or Christian-Muslim tickets, promoting a sense of shared governance and unity. However, El-Rufai’s insistence on a Muslim-Muslim ticket raises concerns about the intentions behind such a move.
The former CAN director also expressed disappointment with El-Rufai’s handling of the security situation in Kaduna State. Kwamkur criticized the governor for not doing enough to address the killings in Southern Kaduna, a predominantly Christian community. He accused El-Rufai of failing to provide compassionate leadership during the crisis and questioned the governor’s reliance on Islamic militant groups to protect votes during elections. Kwamkur believed that El-Rufai’s actions and words undermined efforts to de-escalate tensions and find peaceful resolutions to conflicts.
Regarding the larger issue of ethnic and religious tension in Nigeria, Kwamkur called for transparent and fair leadership. He emphasized the importance of credible leaders who prioritize the nation’s welfare and have a track record of inclusive governance. Kwamkur also stressed the need for religious leaders to be mindful of the messages they convey to their followers, urging them to promote harmony rather than exacerbating divisions.
The controversial remarks made by Nasir El-Rufai regarding Muslim domination in Nigerian politics have sparked condemnation and concerns about Nigeria’s unity. Samuel Kwamkur, a former CAN director, strongly criticized El-Rufai’s comments, highlighting the need for inclusive leadership and expressing disappointment with the governor’s handling of security issues. Kwamkur called for transparency, fairness, and responsible messaging from leaders and religious figures to de-escalate ethnic and religious tensions in the country.