…By Dorcas Funmi for TDPel Media.
Nigeria’s Vice-President, Kashim Shettima, has provided clarification regarding his recent comment made during the 10th Senate leadership tussle.
It was during this period that Shettima, in a meeting with lawmakers, made a statement that drew criticism from some Muslims.
The Context and Intent of Shettima’s Comment
It is important to note that Shettima made the comment while appealing to senators-elect to support President Bola Tinubu and the All Progressives Congress (APC)’s preferred candidate, Senator Godswill Akpabio, for the Senate presidency.
His intention was to stress the importance of unity within the party.
Shettima’s Explanation and Misinterpretation
In a recent interview with BBC Hausa, Shettima clarified that his words were misunderstood and that he had no intention of defaming his religion.
He explained that his comment was made in the context of confidential intelligence reports he had received, which were not suitable for public disclosure.
Shettima acknowledged that, as an imperfect human being, he seeks forgiveness from the community and from God.
Apology and Devotion to Islam
Shettima emphasized his devotion to Islam and the longstanding adherence to the religion within his family lineage.
He expressed remorse for any hurt caused by his statement and apologized to anyone who felt disparaged.
The Vice-President assured that he would never repeat such words again.
Seeking Reconciliation and Understanding
Shettima concluded by expressing his commitment to the well-being of Nigeria and his desire for unity among its diverse population.
He sought reconciliation and understanding, reiterating that his intention was never to cause harm to any individual or religion.