Tinubu has no plan to Islamise Nigeria – Shettima

Bola Tinubu, Nigeria’s President-elect, has no intention to Islamise the country, his Vice President-elect, Kashim Shettima, has said.

Mr Shettima stated this on Saturday in Abuja at a lecture forming part of the events around the inauguration of the 16th Nigerian leader.

Last year when the Borno senator was picked to deputise the former Lagos governor in seeking the top office, there were allegations of an Islamisation plot, because the duo are Muslims.

At the gathering, Mr Shettima described his principal as a liberal Muslim who married a Christian spouse, arguing that such a fellow who refused to Islamise his family has no such plan for the nation.

“I was a child of necessity, there is no Islamisation agenda,” he allayed. “Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu is a Muslim who is married to a Christian, not only a Christian but a pastor in the Redeemed Christian Church of God.

“Someone who has not Islamised his family, people are alluding that he has the intention to Islamise the nation.”

The Vice President-elect also disclosed how he appointed aides that were not from his religion.

“Politics is about perception,” he explained. “As we begin the formation of a new administration, I deliberately picked an Igbo man, a Catholic, to be my Chief Security Officer,” he stated.

“For the purpose of inclusivity and togetherness, again I deliberately picked a Northern Christian to be my ADC. So the so-called founder of Boko Haram is going to be protected by…”