Despite meeting with Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, the presidential candidate of the governing All Progressives Congress (APC), on Thursday in Abuja, the bishops stated they would not officially endorse him.
It was stated in Daily Trust that the candidate had talked to the Northern Nigeria Pentecostal Bishops Forum.
Archbishop John Praise, chairman of the Pentecostal Bishops Forum of Northern Nigeria, said briefly: “We are not committed to endorsing anybody, but you should ask your conscience and from what you have heard and from the explanation, he (Tinubu) had given to us to make your own judgement of who will better rule and handle the country.”
The former governor of Lagos State, Bola Tinubu, assured the bishops that his nominee, Kashim Shettima, had no animus toward Christians.
Tinubu said he chose Shettima for his expertise rather than his religion, and that only competence can tackle the political and socio-economic problems plaguing the country.
The APC presidential candidate has claimed that he has always been a friend of the Christian community and that he deserves consideration because of his record, objectives, and agenda for improving Nigeria.
Asking, “How can Nigeria progress? How can we put an end to food insecurity forever? We should not bring our religious beliefs to the office, but rather solutions to the problems of terrorism and sectarian violence.
My motivation has nothing to do with religion. I have greater credentials, experience, exposure, and vision than any of my peers, and it is my goal to help build and improve our country.
Speaking on Kassim Shetimma, he stated, “When the shortlisted names came, I looked at the characters on the list, their past, and everything and here is somebody who is so intelligent, so committed, who, during the crisis in Borno protected Christians.”