CAN Urges Buhari to Ensure Religious Balance in National Assembly Leadership 


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By Babatunde Adewale in Bauchi

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in the North-east Zone has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to be fair to all Nigerians without religious prejudice or ethnic sentiment.
This was contained in a statement signed by the association’s Zonal Chairman, Rev. Shuaibu Byal.
According to the statement, the association wants appointment into key positions to be equitably shared among the two major religions in the country, particularly the leadership of the Senate and the House of Representative.
Byal said that the generality of Nigerians from different walks of life and without prejudice to religion and ethnicity voted for the president.
He said that it would be fair for the Buhari administration to consider every part of the country for appointment into the various political offices irrespective of religion, regional or ethnic differences.
“Appointments into political offices have always been based on ethnicity and religion in this country.
“Now that the long awaited change has come, Nigerians expect a shift from such predispositions.
“As Nigerians, we expect fairness and equity in appointments into political offices, particularly by ensuring a balance between the two major religions, to strengthen trust and confidence among us,’’ he said.
He suggested that if a Muslim emerged as the Senate President, a Christian should be elected as speaker
He also suggested that the two religions should be reflected in appointments into key positions at state levels.
“Nigeria is a great country and a precious gift to us all, let’s not allow selfish interest to override our common interest as Nigerians.
“As religious leaders, we will remain committed to prayers for the good of our land and for peaceful coexistence and harmonious relationship among the diverse ethnic religious groups in the country, “the chairman said.

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