…By Dorcas Funmi for TDPel Media.
Former Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, expressed his disapproval of the push for a Muslim Senate President and a Muslim Speaker of the House of Representatives.
Reflecting on the past elections, Wike acknowledged that despite campaigns against a Muslim-Muslim ticket, Bola Tinubu emerged victorious.
However, he cautioned against repeating such a mistake in the leadership selection for the National Assembly.
Media Chat Raises Concerns About Agenda and Unity
During a media chat at his residence in Port Harcourt, Wike emphasized that advocating for a Muslim-Muslim leadership would be seen as an attempt to frustrate Tinubu’s administration.
He highlighted the existing allegations that the Muslim-Muslim ticket was a ploy to Islamize Nigeria.
Wike argued that promoting balance and dispelling accusations should be a priority to demonstrate that such claims were baseless.
Balancing Leadership and Unity for Nigeria
Wike questioned the signal that would be sent if a Muslim Senate President and a Muslim Speaker of the House were to be appointed.
He believed that such a move would hinder the administration, creating an impression of a religious government.
To ensure the success of the administration and foster national unity, he emphasized the importance of a balanced leadership that gives hope and doesn’t favor one religious group over another.
Counterpoint to Arguments Against Southern Leadership
Continuing his remarks, Wike countered the argument that the south should not hold the leadership positions in all three arms of government.
He pointed out that a similar situation existed during Muhammadu Buhari’s administration, implying that the north had held multiple key positions simultaneously.
Nyesom Wike, the former Governor of Rivers State, voiced his criticism against the push for a Muslim Senate President and a Muslim Speaker of the House.
He warned against repeating mistakes and undermining Bola Tinubu’s administration, citing the need to dispel allegations of religious agendas.
Wike stressed the importance of a balanced leadership to promote unity and thwart accusations of favoritism.
Furthermore, he challenged the argument against southern leadership by highlighting the existing precedent during the Buhari administration.
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