Renowned Islamic Cleric, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi has described the Muslim-Muslim ticket as deceit, saying what Nigeria needs in 2023 is an experienced leader that can unite the people.
Gumi who spoke in an interview on the forthcoming general election and the state of the nation stated that Nigeria does not need a novice as president, but an experienced politician to lead it in the forthcoming elections.
He however urged Nigerians to do away with ethnoreligious politics in this 21st century, and come together as one united people for the progress of the country.
Speaking in an interview on the forthcoming general election and the state of the nation, Gumi said there was nothing wrong with politicians contesting elections several times, seeking victory.
On Atiku Abubakar, he said “Nigeria needs an experienced politician. We don’t need a novice to be President. The situation in Nigeria today needs an experienced politician to solve it,” he said.
Commenting on Tinubu’s claims that it’s his turn to become Nigeria’s president, the cleric said, “It is not proper for him to say it is his turn. There is no question about saying it is my turn. Don’t say it is my turn.
“He is a good administrator, he can do it. The Muslim-Muslim ticket is unnecessary. We all know. All these politicians are looking for votes. The Muslim-Muslim ticket is not about religion.
“Whether it will work or not, I don’t want to prophesy, but there are a lot of hurdles. In fact, all political parties have hurdles. Muslim-Muslim ticket is going to be a laboratory test for others to emulate or not,” he said.
On Peter Obi, Gumi said he needs to reach out to other segments of Nigerians, adding that he has to be all over the place, and not leave politics to a region.
Sheikh Gumi warned that if an inexperienced politician is voted into power, he will find it difficult to assemble the best brains within a possible time framework to set the nation working progressively.
Sheikh Gumi noted that it took President Muhammadu Buhari over six months to appoint Ministers and government officials because he (Buhari) was an inexperienced politician.
“Nigeria is now in the 21st century, people are more educated now. What Nigeria needs now are people with competency. We should not be talking about the North because the North is no longer monolithic, we should not be talking about the Southwest because no particular person is in control, and we should not be talking about South East, look at how Senator Ifeanyi Uba was attacked by his own people.
“So let’s talk about Nigeria as one united people. Nobody controls anybody in the country. So let’s move forward. Look at America, nobody is talking about power rotation. Let’s develop a democracy that we can sustain”. He added.