A group, the Concerned Yoruba Muslim Scholars in Nigeria, has described as perfect the combination of the Presidential Candidate of the All Peoples Congress (APC) Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and his running mate, Senator Kashim Shettima.

The group decried the position of a section of Christian leaders and followers, who are against the choice of Shettima as the running mate to Tinubu for the 2023 presidential election.

The group expressed shock that rather than acting as an unbiased umpire some of the Christian leaders have been “agents of opposition parties.”

According to a statement jointly signed by President General, Shayk AbdurRasheed Mayaleke; Secretary General, Prof Abideen Olaiya; and

Publicity Secretary, Mallam Abdulganiy Sahid Olaide Ezra, of the group, pointed out that Nigeria at present desires good governance regardless of the religion and/or ethnic affiliation of whoever is capable of delivering it. “Therefore, the track record of Bola Tinubu as a former governor and in fact, the founding leader of modern Lagos, is evergreen and enduring.

“The foundation laid by Tinubu in Lagos State is unparalleled to the extent that the state has unarguably attained the fifth most advanced economy in Africa. “Tinubu’s achievement in the area of human capital development, which can be fact-checked in different parts of the country, is another parameter that positions him as the most deserving President Nigeria should not miss in the midst of current challenges bedeviling the country.

The group, therefore, said that the choice of Kashim Shettima as the running mate to Tinubu “is most appropriate and well deserved.”

The group described Shettima as a detribalised  Nigerian who has worked with Igbo, Urhobo, Benin, Hausa, and Yoruba all of whom were of Christian faith despite being a Muslim of Kanuri extract.

“There is no doubt that Nigeria in the present dispensation needs an open-hearted and competent technocrat of long-standing experience like that of Kashim Shettima.”