The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has urged Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, the PDP presidential candidate, against appointing Nyesome Wike, the governor of Rivers State, as his running mate.
According to MURIC, the Rivers State Governor is purportedly one of the Nigerian Muslims’ “blacklist” of prejudiced Christian governors.
Professor Ishaq Akintola, the director of the Islamic organization, signed and disseminated a statement that echoed this sentiment.
The organization stated that it has learned that Wike is being considered by the PDP and Atiku as a prospective vice presidential candidate, and that it felt compelled to warn the party and its presidential candidate against such a move.
“Wike is an open enemy of Islam, a Muslim-hater primus inter pareil and an unrepentant mosque destroyer,” the statement alleged.
“The extremist remarks of Wike are still on record. He declared Rivers State a Christian State contrary to the constitution,” the group’s statement reads in part.
If the Rivers State Governor becomes Nigeria’s vice president, the Islamic rights group thinks that he would worsen the situation and create an unfriendly climate for Muslims in the country.
“Wike should not be permitted to occupy any government office,” according to the MURIC.
According to the organization, “Wike despises mosques” and is prepared to utilize his position as Nigeria’s number two citizen to demolish all mosques.
According to MURIC, the governor is “intolerant, unpredictable, and violently inclined,” and Muslims in Nigeria do not trust him.
Wike, who finished second in the PDP’s presidential primary contest, “will undoubtedly be a terrible market for Atiku,” according to the rights organization.
MURIC said that Wike does not have electoral value at the national level and for that reason should be overlooked by the main opposition party.
“We, therefore, advise Alhaji Atiku Abubakar to avoid Wike by all means,” MURIC said.
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