Hon Abdulhameed Momoh, the Nationwide Co-ordinator, All Progressives Congress (APC) Supporters Community, is selling the candidature of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Senators Kashim Shettima, and on this interview, urges Nigerians to think about competence and never faith in electing leaders. ABDULRAHMAN ZAKARIYAU was there
Nigeria is split alongside ethnic and spiritual strains, making it inevitable that each one events selected their candidates from the governorship to presidential, alongside these concerns. Do you agree?
It’s neither right here nor there. Issues aren’t normally the best way they appear. I agreed that faith and ethnicity are commodities we commerce inside Nigeria enshrined within the structure and even in our cultures. I agreed additionally that we needs to be delicate to those sensibilities. I agreed. Nonetheless, I would like you to be goal, between competence and these two points, which might you select? Some could say competence whereas some would say the 2 can go collectively. Good. However you recognize if all of us say faith and ethnicity first, meaning benefit is sacrificed due to our primordial sentiments. Don’t allow us to combine competence and faith, particularly collectively. They’re totally different. That you’re a Muslim or Christian isn’t a certificates to heaven. It’s purely your deeds that may take you to heaven. Good and upright folks could not essentially be non secular. And spiritual and pious shouldn’t be a yardstick to being good. If you’re non secular, you’re. If you’re good and upright, you’re.
In the meantime, politics is a sport of numbers. It’s about what number of votes you’ll be able to amass at a given time. If we now have this in the back of our minds, perhaps this controversy can be much less. The late Chief Obafemi Awolowo within the 1979 presidential elections had a Christian/Christian ticket. Late Chief Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola in 1993 had the identical religion ticket.
I’m extra involved about developments primarily based on efficiency. The All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Ashiwaju Ahmed Tinubu is a particularly liberal-minded particular person in relation to faith. Bear in mind his spouse, Senator Remi, is a Christian. Not solely that, she is a pastor. Those that are criticising this APC ticket, more often than not, are armchair critics. The actual folks, within the inside, regardless of social gathering affiliation, perceive, and extra importantly, much less bothered about which faith they belong. Faith or tribe gained’t convey developments, solely efficiency will. It that Developments the individuals who will want and vote for. So, it’s excessive time we tilt our minds in direction of competence and overlook about primordial sentiments. Sure, it could take time earlier than we come to this realisation, however we’ll get there in the end.
Do you suppose this can make opposition towards your social gathering stronger, particularly in states you aren’t in management?
Sure, after all, but it surely behoves on us all to work very exhausting towards that and in addition to attempt to persuade folks concerning the profile of our candidates that the ticket isn’t non secular bigotry and refers to their previous antecedents. Not one of the two holding the ticket will be termed extremist when it’s about faith. Tinubu is a Muslim, however the majority of his cupboard whereas supretendimg Lagos as governor have been Christians and certainly, from different tribes and states. Shettima however is one other particular person whose views on religions are recognized. It’s within the public area. It is advisable to meet Shettima to know that he’s not totally different from Tinubu in relation to faith. Did you hear or learn what the Christain Affiliation of Nigeria (CAN), Borno chapter mentioned about Shettima? I feel that assertion surfaces on Shettima.
Contemplating the efficiency index of your social gathering, insecurity and others, does your social gathering deserves one other time period?
Nicely, the reality have to be advised, we now have not completed sufficient within the space of safety. Insecurity was the principle cause why our social gathering was voted into workplace. Our presidential candidate then, Common Muhammadu Buhari, being a retired normal, lots of people, together with the opposition, felt protected that he would deal with the insecurity. I agreed to that extent that we didn’t do properly. That mentioned. Would you thoughts to additionally clarify the elements liable for this low efficiency? Arms and ammunition essential to struggle and prosecute the struggle towards insurgency aren’t offered off cabinets. It must be ordered. The producer works primarily based on orders. Orders, not buy, takes time earlier than it’s delivered. Additionally, keep in mind that the US of America, at a time even refused the nation this ammunition. There was an embargo on Nigeria about arms gross sales, keep in mind? The actions of the insurgents have been diminished to the barest minimal if we have to be goal. The kidnapping difficulty, I feel, is a product of the warmth the insurgents are getting from our navy. I feel very quickly, all this insecurity difficulty could be a factor of the previous as a result of I’m conscious of the large efforts the navy is placing into ensuring that, for example, the Abuja-Kaduna is cleared for clean passage. It’s one thing that may be verified. How many individuals have complained concerning the kidnapping on the Abuja-Kaduna street of current? So, please allow us to rally round our navy and all the safety companies to assist us eliminate this menace in our society. Sure, there could be pockets of disenchantment right here and there, it’s anticipated. Moreover, the federal government isn’t claiming righteousness on a number of the issues of the nation. Authorities is a continuum. There isn’t any single administration that may resolve a societal drawback in a single election circle. Social gathering A does its personal and goes. Social gathering B comes, tries its finest and leaves for an additional particular person and social gathering to attempt theirs. It’s not true that individuals are voting towards APC. Let me say this. Who will vote for you, whether or not you’re good or dangerous, will vote for you? People who gained’t vote for you, irrespective of how good, or non secular you could be, won’t vote you in. We have now to convey those that could have totally different views to ours, to our aspect and clarify higher why we’d like them on our aspect.
Has the APC completed sufficient to benefit one other time period in workplace.
Then again, there isn’t any administration, since 1999, that has completed extra for this nation, infrastructure-wise, than the Buhari administration. That is verifiable. The ministry of works and housing led by Mr Babatunde Fashola has completed extra roads than all of the administrations since 1999 mixed. Allow us to put sentiment apart. The ability difficulty isn’t the identical since 2015. No administration has helped the farmers the best way the federal government has completed. The Anchor Debtors Scheme is an efficient instance. There is perhaps one or two controversies surrounding it, which can be anticipated in something with public curiosity. The navy is extra outfitted than earlier than. Presently, our Airforce is rated one of the best in West Africa. As acknowledged earlier, no administration in any authorities can begin and end all tasks inside its life circle, by no means. Given the circumstance through which the Buhari administration got here in, and given the obtainable assets, this authorities has completed properly and the social gathering deserve one other time period.
How does the APC Supporters Community intend to get extra assist for the social gathering?
Nicely, the APC Supporters Community is a bunch of execs who really feel compelled to assist the APC as a celebration, due to a number of the apparent achievements and challenges. It’s a assist group of like minds and unbiased individuals who just like the personalities of each Asiwaju Tinubu and Shettima and really feel that the mix if elected into workplace, will flip the fortune of the nation round. The 2 of them have verifiable information. They did properly whereas main their respective states. They’ve turn out to be rally factors amongst their associates and colleagues. They’re examined and trusted. The community is right here to canvass and galvanise voters to vote for APC within the forthcoming presidential elections. We’re fairly unmindful of the opposing views of the folks, even throughout the social gathering, and that’s regular. Even throughout the household, you could not have the whole assist of the members. It’s your obligation to clarify and clarify convinsingly why sure choices are taken. It’s our obligation to go all out and clarify to our associates why we have to convey again APC and vote in Tinubu and Shettima.