Muhammadu Buhari. (File: AFP)
Lagos - Contrary to projections by political opponents, All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Muhammadu Buhari, has never shown signs of religious intolerance, Imo State Deputy Governor, Eze Madumere, said.
He reminded the people that during the regime of Buhari, who is Muslim, Christians dominated both his cabinet and administrators.
Buhari was the country’s leader from December 1983 to August 1985.
“General Buhari did not just have Christians in his cabinet and as Governors but they outnumbered Muslims as well. When he was advised sign Nigeria into becoming a member State of Organization of Islamic Congress, Gen. Buhari refused blatantly on the basis that Nigeria is a secular State,” Madumere told a gathering at the Umunoha Market Square in Mbaitoli Local Government Area.
“In his home, he has Christians as his direct employees yet he did not Islamize them,” said Madumere.
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He therefore admonished the people to ignore the allegations of religious intolerance the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) levelled against Buhari. It has been reported PDP alleged Buhari would “Islamize” Nigeria if elected.
The APC leader will go head-to-head with PDP leader and incumbent Goodluck Jonathan in the presidential election scheduled for March 28.
Meanwhile, Madumere called on the people of to vote for APC if they desired guarantees on free education, security of lives and property, provision of jobs, affordable health care and general revitalization of the Nigerian economy.
He thus called on prospective voters to collect their permanent voter’s cards ahead of the election.
“They must come out en mass to vote for change and ensure they protect their votes against electoral thieves,” he said.