January 23, (THEWILL) – The presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has alleged that desperate politicians in the country were recruiting eminent religious leaders to preach hatred ahead of the 2023 general elections.
Tinubu noted that these politicians want religious leaders to turn against their own convictions to preach division and stir negative sentiments.
His Media Office, in a statement signed by Abdulaziz Abdulaziz, on Monday, said the APC candidate spoke on Sunday evening, during a town hall meeting with Muslim leaders from the North East as part of his campaign tour to Bauchi State.
The former Lagos State Governor urged the Muslim leaders to resist desperate politicians, adding that they should focus on a candidate’s record of performance and the quality of his policies.
“Afraid they cannot win fairly at the ballot, desperate politicians are bent on recruiting otherwise eminent persons to preach hatred against discord. They want servants of God like yourselves to turn against your own convictions. They want you to preach division and stir negative sentiments.
“Please resist these evil-doers and their unholy messages. They seek to enter office by fouling the nation. Too much is at stake to allow such tricks to succeed.
“My request is a simple and fair one. Please focus on a candidate’s record of performance and the quality of his policies,” Tinubu said.
Tinubu reminded the gathering that the APC was established to provide progressive good governance in Nigeria, to reshape Nigeria into a more compassionate, just and prosperous home for all, “whether they be rich or poor, famous or unknown, Muslim or Christian”.
Tinubu explained that despite challenges and the push-pull effects, progress has been made by the current administration.
“Terrorists have been pushed back. People have returned to their homes. Farmers are more productive. Though this government has less money at its disposal, it has cared for the poor better than any prior administration.
“We have struggled to place the economy on more solid ground so that we no longer only rely on exporting natural resources but that we gainfully employ more of our people in making things that improve the quality of life for all.
“We have sought to revive the ethical fibre of the nation and to reaffirm the high moral quality of our national purpose.
“As such, I do not see this campaign as one of personal ambition. I campaign to serve a greater purpose. I campaign to do great things for the nation but not for myself.
“No matter how hard and difficult the opposition stands against our just cause, we will not relent in our pursuit of a better, more tolerant and good united nation. And with the help of Almighty Allah, we know good shall prevail,” he said.
Tinubu also charged religious leaders to urge their followers to vote wisely saying, “May they vote for the candidate who truly has a vision for a more peaceful, more prosperous Nigeria.
“Let them elect someone, who has demonstrated the capacity to deliver that brighter future.
“If elected, my highest priorities shall be the protection of our land and prosperity of its people. Security and economic progress will form the fulcrum of my government.”
Tinubu promised to build on the progress made by the current administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, by putting an end to terror, kidnapping and violent crime in the nation.
He added, “To increase prosperity, we must reform the very foundation of our economy by prioritizing innovation and employment of our youths while discouraging overreliance on imported goods.
“We must become a dynamic economy that can make most of the goods that we need and one where those who want to work can find a good job.
“Under my watch, we will facilitate the quick commercial operation of the Kolmani oil wells. We will pay adequate attention to other important national projects such as the Mambilla Power Project, the AKK gas pipeline project, and so on.
“By dredging the River Niger, we shall revive our inland waterways in a way that promotes trade and commerce within the nation. We cut down on our steel export bill by making the Ajaokuta Steel Company work.
“Most importantly, we will turn our eye to those who think they are unseen or forgotten. If elected, my government will work with you, as religious leaders, toward a lasting solution to the almajiri challenge.”