Senator Kashim Shettima, the Vice President-elect, on Saturday, addressed concerns that he and his principal, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the President-elect have an agenda to islamize the country.
Speaking at a lecture in Abuja ahead of the incoming administration’s inauguration on Monday, the Vice President-elect debuked the islamization rumours.
He said his principal, as a a Muslim did not islamize his family and is still married to a spouse, who is not just a Christian but also a pastor at the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG).
He said: “I was a child of
necessity, there is no Islamisation agenda.
“Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu is a Muslim who is married to a Christian, not only a Christian but a pastor in the Redeemed Christian Church of God.
“Someone who has not Islamised his family, people are alluding that he has the intention to Islamise the nation.”
Shettima revealed that he picked an Igbo man of the Catholic faith to be his Chief Security Officer and a northern Christian as his ADC.
“Politics is about perception. As we begin the formation of a new administration, I deliberately picked an Igbo man, a Catholic, to be my Chief Security Officer.
“For the purpose of inclusivity and togetherness, again I deliberately picked a Northern Christian to be my ADC.
“So the so-called founder of Boko Haram is going to be protected by…….”
Shettima earlier this week said the the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), nominated Godswill Akpabio, a former Governor of Akwa-ibom state and a Christian Southerner for Senate President.
He explained this was necessary to avoid a situation where all the top officials of the incoming administration would be of the same faith.
When Tinubu, a Muslim, announced Shettima, a Muslim and former governor of Borno state as his running mate in 2022, there were speculations that the Muslim-Muslim ticket was a ploy to Islamize Nigeria, a multi-religious society.