The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and the Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI) have expressed their disagreement with former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Engr Babachir Lawal, for labeling the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) as an Islamic party. Lawal had previously stated that Mr. Peter Obi of the Labour Party won the 2023 presidential poll, with President Bola Tinubu of the APC coming in a distant third. He continued his criticism of the party on the following day.
CAN and JNI strongly disagree with Lawal’s characterization of the APC as an Islamic party. They believe that such labeling is unfair and divisive. Both organizations emphasize the importance of unity and inclusivity in Nigerian politics.
CAN, representing the Christian community in Nigeria, argues that political parties should not be associated with any particular religion. They believe that all Nigerians, regardless of their religious beliefs, should have equal opportunities to participate in politics and hold leadership positions. CAN emphasizes the need for religious tolerance and respect for diversity.
JNI, representing the Muslim community in Nigeria, also rejects the notion that the APC is an Islamic party. They assert that the party is open to members of all religious backgrounds and that its policies are not based on any specific religious ideology. JNI advocates for religious harmony and cooperation among different faith communities in the country.
Both CAN and JNI call for unity among Nigerians, regardless of their religious affiliations. They believe that labeling political parties based on religion only serves to deepen divisions and hinder national progress. Both organizations encourage Nigerians to focus on issues that affect the entire nation and work together to find solutions.
CAN and JNI strongly disagree with Babachir Lawal’s characterization of the APC as an Islamic party. They emphasize the importance of unity, religious tolerance, and inclusivity in Nigerian politics. Both organizations call for Nigerians to come together and focus on issues that affect the entire nation, rather than being divided along religious lines.