Peter Obi, the Labour Party’s presidential candidate, asserts that the social media image of him praying on a Muslim prayer mat did not originate from his campaign staff.
This was said in a tweet on Friday.
According to him, a confused support group was responsible for the image doing the rounds online.
Former presidential advisor to former president Goodluck Jonathani, Reno Omokri, shared on Thursday a picture of the Labour Party with Obi’s image on a prayer mat.
Omokri, a supporter of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate Atiku Abubakar, termed the situation as unfortunate.
He stated, “This is why I believe Christians must learn IRK (Islamic Religious Knowledge) and Muslims must study CRK” (Christian Religious Knowledge).
“I’ve studied the Quran. This is improper. In mosques, depictions of humans or animals are forbidden by Islam. Tinubu attempted it in Mecca, but the Saudis detained his campaigners!
“Islam prohibits depictions of humans in mosques and on prayer rugs. How much more a politician’s image. This is tragic.
“You cannot even counsel these individuals. They believe they are more knowledgeable than their counsellors. You speak one word, they speak one hundred. In any case, we are observing.”
The former governor of Anambra State said that he had a profound regard for all religions.
Even with the greatest of intentions, the inclusion of my photo on the prayer mat by a support group was misplaced. It did not originate with my campaign staff. I have a great deal of respect for the Muslim faith, as well as for all other religions. We will never make fun of any religion, race, or gender. We are one Nigeria,” he wrote on Twitter.
He joined the Labour party in May, after withdrawing from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential primaries.
Since then, he has gained popularity, particularly among young people.