Presidential candidate of All Progressive Congress (APC) and former Head of State, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, has reiterated that neither him nor his running mate is a religious fanatic.
As such, Gen. Buhari said that the insinuation that he planned to Islamise the country was unfounded.
Gen. Buhari was speaking at an inter-faith engagement in Kaduna, Wednesday, where he clarified some misgivings about his presidential ambition, saying it was the handiwork of his detractors.
In the words of gen. Buhari, “There are talks today about the fear of Islamisation or Christianisation of the Nigerian state by my running mate and I. This is absolutely impossible. The Nigerian constitution is clearly against elevating any religion to a state religion.”
The Katsina-born retired army general then declared that he was not a religious fanatic as some people would want people to believe. He continued, “I solemnly declare that in spite of what our detractors say, I am not a religious fanatic of any sort and I have never been.
“In all my life, I have never supported extremism of any kind and nowhere in my record of service to our nation can this false toga, which political traducers have tried so hard to put on me, be substantiated”.
Speaking further, Gen Buhari remarked that both in the Holy Qur’an and Holy Bible, “we were never told that leaders were chosen because they were Jewish or Israelites but because they have what it takes to liberate the people of God; they have what it takes to make the people realise the intended good sand potentials for the growth and benefit of the society.”
In his own remarks, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo dismissed the insinuation that he planned step down for Senator Bola Tinubu, as vice president, should the APC emerged victorious in the forth-coming presidential election.
Osinbajo also dismissed the insinuation that Buhari might die to pave way for him to become president, saying “Buhari will not die but he will live to contest and do his second term.”