A Christian group, Christians In Power Network, CIPN, has called on the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and its flagbearer in the forthcoming 2019 general elections, Atiku Abubakar, to choose a former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, as their Vice Presidential Candidate.
Recall, that Fani-Kayode is one of the fierce critics of President Muhammadu Buhari.
In a statement signed by Apostle Chikezie Onyekere, and Pastor Solomon Ayuba, the Organisation’s Coordinator and Secretary, respectively, the group said:
“We predicate our advice on the fact that Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, unlike many Christians, is the one man who has stood firmly for the faith, and has suffered immense persecution in the hands of the establishment, because of this. He is one man many Christians believe has been ordained by God to rescue us from the hands of our relentless traducers and murderers.”
The statement continued:
“The population and spread of Christians in Nigeria, cut across regions and ethnicity. The greatest fear of Christians today, is that of insecurity where Priests, Pastors and their members are wantonly killed, our Churches, continuously desecrated and destroyed, and our sources of livelihood wasted.
We as Christians will not vote for any party that parades a Christian who cannot effectively represent our cause at the highest levels.
“He has spoken up for the Shiite Muslims, who have suffered untold hardship in the hands of the current government. He has spoken up for Dasuki, a Fulani Muslim, who is being unjustly held in detention, even after multiple valid court orders had granted him bail. He has also spoken up for Sheikh El Zakzaky, who is suffering a similar fate to that of Dasuki, etc. So no one can accuse him of religious bigotry.
“We pray Alhaji Atiku Abubabkar and PDP, to strongly consider this advice, if they want to make any inroad among our people with humongous population in the country.”