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My choice of Shettima as VP candidate, not a threat to Christians – Tinubu tells Northern Bishops

The presidential flagbearer of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, on Thursday, had a meeting with some Christian clerics under the umbrella of the Pentecostal Bishops Forum of Northern Nigeria.

Tinubu said his intention was to make the country prosperous.

The former governor of Lagos state, at the meeting with the clerics said he had not chosen the former governor of Borno State, Kashim Shettima to threaten the existence of the Christian community.

He revealed that he has taken the decision based on competence.

The former federal lawmaker said he did not consider religion and that only competence can bring to an end the political and socio-economic challenges battling the nation.

The former Governor said he has had long time friendship with the Christian community and should be supported based on his past records, and agenda for making Nigeria great.

“How will Nigeria develop? How do we banish hunger? How do we improve the insecurity, eliminate killing one another, and shedding the blood of innocent citizens? That is what we must take to the office and not our religion.

“My intention is clear, not religiosity. My intention is to develop this country, to bring prosperity to our country, and I have better qualifications, track records, exposure, and vision than any of my mates.

“When the shortlisted names came, I looked at the characters on the list, their background and everything and here is somebody (Kassim Shetimma) who is so brilliant, so committed, who, during the crisis in Borno, protected Christians,” he said.

However, the bishops have revealed that the meeting was not a symbol of endorsement for the APC’s presidential candidate, reaffirming that it’s out of their plans to support anybody.

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