AYCF faults Babachir over Muslim-Muslim ticket comments
By: Femi Mustapha
The Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF) has lambasted former SGF, Babachir Lawal, over what it described as “narrow-minded, unguarded political sentimentalism and provocative stance” over the 2023 presidency.
The National President of AYCF – Alhaji Yerima Shettima in the statement made available to Media on 15th July 2022 said there can be a no better choice of Vice President for Tinubu than Senator Kashim Shettima, who is a nationalist to the core, saying “no one should turn our democratic space into the home of religious extremism”.
The statement stated Babachir and his co-travelers in the “myopic, sentimental stance, should stop this madness in this new century of advancement all over the world”.
The AYCF queried Babachir and all the proponents of “this distraction and dangerous religious extremism”, saying ” we are familiar with the antics of narrow-minded, emotionally driven politicians wearing religious garb”.
The AYFC then pointed out: ” Talking of Muslim-Muslim ticket, have these charlatans become so blinded by emotional religious fixation that they forgot history? We had a Christian-Christian ticket with Awolowo under the UPN in 1978 and Azikiwe under the UNPP when he picked Professor Ishaya Audu – another Christian as running mate”.
Going further, the AYCF recalled that “since the emergence of democracy till date, the South-South, Southeast States have never given the chance for Muslims to taste the seat of running mates even at the level of governorship”.
The statement warned the “anti-Shettima campaign promoters to stop before they create bad blood along religious fault-lines and drag the nation into further insecurity.”