The Niger State Christian youth forum has faulted the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) and the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) over the exclusion of Christians in the governance of the state.
The group, in a statement by its publicity Secretary, Mr. J.A Gusadi claimed that the composition of these parties gubernatorial candidates and their running mates relegated adherents of the Christian religion to the background even when they constitute quite a formidable number in the state.
The group argued that the choice of a Muslim – Muslim candidature by the leading parties does not truly reflect the composition of Niger state, which by estimation is equally populated by adherents of both the Muslim and Christian faiths.
The group thereby called on the political players in the state to review the decisions by the major political parties to reflect a fair outlook of inclusiveness, aimed at ending the worrisome trend of marginalization and inhuman treatment being meted to Christians in the state.
It noted: “The outright disregard to the request by CAN is not acceptable by us, as it does not portray the state in its right composition and the decision is viewed as a total disregard on the collective intelligence of hard working thousands of Christians in Nigeria state.
“We have capable hands in various fields of endeavour who are willing to contribute immensely to the development of our dear state, hence we are requesting that both APC and PDP reconsider their decision of featuring same faith tickets and tap on the willingness and commitment of the Christian community to partner with every well meaning indigene of the state to build the Niger state of our dream.
“We are committed to teaming up with our Muslim brothers to work assiduously to deliver dividends of democracy to the good people of Niger state. We, by this statement call on the major actors to demonstrate their independence and executive powers to make immediate changes to reflect our request and grant us all the opportunity to build the state together.”
Recall that Christian Association of Nigeria CAN, Niger state chapter had on the 11th of October, through a press statement requested for a reflection of fairness and justice in the pairing of governorship candidates by ensuring that all parties field either a Christian/Muslim ticket or a Muslim/Christian ticket.
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