Leader of the three sociocultural groups Mdzough U Tiv Worldwide, Ochetoha K’Idoma and Omi Ny’Igede, in Benue State, retired Comptroller of Prisons, Iorbee Ihagh, speaks on the raging debate over the propriety or otherwise of a Muslim/Muslim presidential ticket and other issues.
We cannot compare this time to the era of MKO Abiola and Baba Gana Kingibe when both were Muslims and contested election and Nigerians voted them.
And anytime you have 20 to 40 per cent of Muslims in a particular place, it doesn’t take them anything to take over the place.
So, I’m saying it here that if APC goes ahead to settle for Muslim/Muslim ticket the bulk of Christian will not vote for the party because we need a balance ticket. But do you know that aside of manipulation, Christians are more in number in Nigeria. What gives that false census figure is that most of the houses in the North are ‘ba shiga’ which means you cannot enter.
I don’t share that idea because there are lot of politicians who are Christians that have clout and can swing the tide in favour of Senator Bola Tinubu. There are people like the present Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha; a former SGF, Babachir Lawal what of former Speaker of House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara even in Middle Belt, we have George Akume, Audu Ogbe, Simon Lalong and many others. So, that argument is dead on arrival.
I’m sure while they are insisting on that is that if something happens to Tinubu, God forbids, then Muslim from North will continue with the ticket because they are not ready to relinquish power with the belief that Nigeria belongs to them, where it belongs to all of us.
Let me start with advice to Tinubu. He should ignore all the calls for a Muslim/Muslim ticket. Then, to Christians, we need to come together now because we have not been united and that is the reason Muslims are treating us this way. Unfortunately, we Christians believe in prayer, but the scripture says prayer without work is dead. So, we need to come together, pray and take steps. We should know that the era of manna dropping from heaven has gone. Even Israelites in the Bible prayed and took steps. Prayer must be followed by action. To Nigerians, we are all witnesses to happenings in the country under the current administration. My advice is that we should meditate on this.
Unfortunately, most of our politicians are so selfish. If not, it has been the desire of Nigerians in which all the leaders of sociocultural groups from South-West, South-East, South-South and North-Central said that presidency at this time be zoned to the South and micro zone to South East. What is wrong for the Igbo to produce the president of Nigeria. If [Chief Odumegwu] Ojukwu was pardoned, why is it that an Igbo man cannot lead the country? We are all Nigerians.
The reason we have problem with Fulani is that it is we the Tiv people that stopped the Uthma Dan Fodio in 1804 Jihad at Ushongo hills currently in Ushongo Local Government Area of the state, their agenda then was to spread Islam to the southern part of the country, but we stopped it. If not, Nigeria would have been an Islamic nation since but they couldn’t spread to eastern part of the country that is today South-East and South-South.