The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has presented a list of demands to the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu ahead of the 2023 General Election.
The leadership of the association met with Tinubu at the National Christian Centre in Abuja on Wednesday as part of its parley with presidential candidates.
CAN presented a document tagged, “The Charter for Future Nigeria” to Tinubu.
In the strategy paper, the Christian association advocated for the following:
- state policing or a decentralized police system
- devolution of power to states
- equal rights for all religions
- the right to self-determination by all ethnic groups
- the right to control natural resources including waters and forests by host communities
- the stoppage of open grazing
- an equitable and enforceable sharing of executive positions
an equitable electoral system
- ethnic and religious representation in military and security agencies
- and education and free healthcare for all Nigerians.
The President of CAN, Archbishop Daniel Okoh, said the list incorporates the aspirations of Nigerians.
The Christian Association of Nigeria did not bring up the controversial issue of Tinubu’s Muslim-Muslim ticket but the APC candidate explained that his running mate, with whom he shares a similar faith, was picked irrespective of his religious belief.
“Why Senator Shettima? Why a same-faith ticket?” he asked rhetorically.
“The ticket was constructed as a same-progressive and people-based ideology ticket.
“I offer a confession. I selected Senator Shettima thinking more about who would best help me govern.
“Picking a Christian running mate would have been politically easier. But the easy way is rarely the right one.”
Tinubu told CAN that he views all Nigerians as equals and mentioned that his wife who accompanied him was a Christian, as were his children.
He promised to regularly consult CAN on national issues if he becomes the president of Nigeria.
Other presidential candidates were reportedly scheduled to meet with the Christian Association of Nigeria at later dates.