APC chieftain defends Shettima’s comments, says a Christian Senate President best for Nigeria

Kashim Shettima

By Maduabuchi Nmeribeh, Kano

Former Muhammadu Buhari’s political associate,  AbdulMajid Danbilki Kwamanda, has thrown his weight behind  recent remarks  credited to the Vice President,  Senator Kashim Shettima ,  over emergence of the 10th President of the Senate that, “the worst and most incompetent Southern Christian is better than the most puritanical Northern Muslim for the Senate Presidency.”
The chieftain of the All Progressive Congress (APC)  in Kano, said Shettima’s comment was in tandem with inclusive democracy.
He maintained that those attacking the Vice President over the comment were deliberately  doing so to hit up the polity.
Kwamanda,, in a statement he made available to journalists in Kano , Tuesday night,  warned that Nigeria is not owned and controlled by a particular religion or tribe.
The  Chairman of the Arewa Media Group, said,   “the Vice President was explaining that it will only be a principle of fair  play,  if after having a President who is a Muslim,  and himself as  as Vice President, a  Muslim, it is better to have a Senate President from a Christian background , and from the  Southern part of the country, to balance the equation.”
Kwamanda expressed  dismay over  comments opposing the Vice President’s position, particularly, from the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) presidential candidate, Senator  Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso supporters.
According to him, their utterances are capable of creating bad blood between Muslims and Christians in the country.
He recalled  that , “Kashim Shettima was a two-term Governor of the metropolitan Borno State where there is a large number of Indigenous  Christians, and there was never a time he did or talk bad against them because he ensured that their rights were fully protected.
“Those who are  distorting the  Vice President’s  remarks do only read headlines of the news stories, without grabbing the real meaning in the content,  because they are up for mischief.  They are turning  everything upside down,  giving  it different narrations.”
He added that, “I agreed and aligned myself with the Vice President’s remarks that it will be fair  if a Southerner becomes the 10th Senate President because you cannot have  a Muslim President, a Muslim Vice President, a Muslim Speaker of the  House of Representatives; and you now have a Senate President also  a Muslim. This will only confirm the allegations of Islamization of the Country.”