The Muslim Rights Concern, MURIC, has told some Northern governors who are allegedly ‘planning’ to work for Atiku Abubakar to defeat Bola Tinubu to shelve the plan.
The group, in a statement issued by its director Professor Ishaq Akintola, yesterday, said there is no alternative to Tinubu.
The statement read in part: “Our position is based on the declaration of the twelve Northern governors who pitched their camp with Bola Ahmed Tinubu by insisting that power must shift to the South just before the presidential primaries.
“We have no scintilla of doubt that Northern governors who had earlier pledged to support Tinubu will not toy with the idea of working against him because, as Muslims, they are fully aware that every pledge is being recorded by angels according to Qur’an 82:10 -12; that it is a great sin for a Muslim to promise what he will not do (Qur’an 61:2 – 3) and that Allah will hold man accountable for his promises (Qur’an 17:34).
“We therefore have every reason to believe that the publication is mere speculation, false, baseless and unfounded. It is an attempt to break Muslim ranks. Northern Muslim governors are too well grounded in politics and the ethics of Islam than to allow such speculation. It cannot be true. It had better not be.
“Atiku Abubakar is a Muslim and a Northerner. He is therefore one of us. But Ahmed Bola Tinubu and Kashim Shettima are two Muslims. Just as two heads are better than one, two Muslims are better than one. Ahmed and Kashim are better than Abubakar and Okowa. We repeat, two Muslims are better than one.
“MURIC is therefore sending a very strong signal to the North: Yoruba Muslims are standing solidly like the Rock of Gibraltar behind Tinubu. He is our own. We will never desert him. We expect Northern Muslims to be as consistent as the Northern Star; because the Qur’an says Muslims are one brotherhood (Qur’an 49:10). Besides, two Muslims are better than one”.