The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has encouraged the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Senator Ahmed Bola Tinubu, to contact the 12 APC northern governors (Noble Dozen) on the 2023 running mate selection.
In a statement issued yesterday, the director of MURIC, Professor Ishaq Akintola, referred to the 12 northern governors who supported the concept of transferring power to the South as the “Noble Dozen.”
“Tinubu should capitalise on their trust in him and reciprocate by enabling them to choose his running mate. Obviously, they could suggest two names and let him to choose one.
“This would unquestionably reduce the so-called North-South divide and further solidify the unity of our wonderful nation, Nigeria,” he stated.
While the organisation believes that honesty, integrity, and competence must be the most important criteria, he stated that the faith of the running mate should not be a factor.
According to him, if it has never been an issue in places such as Jos, Benue, Ekiti, Ondo, Edo, the South Eastern states, and the South-South, where both governors and their deputies have always been Christians despite the presence of a significant number of Muslims, it should not become an issue at the federal level.
Although we have no particular objection to the choice of a Christian running mate, it would be prudent for him to consider the “Noble Dozen” in making his decision.