Gov. Rabi’u Kwankwaso of Kano state, on Friday, visited some of Nigeria’s prominent Christian leaders in Lagos state, as part of meetings with opinion leaders across the country, over his presidential ambition come 2015.
The clerics visited are retired Arch. Bishop of Lagos and former National President of CAN, His Eminence, Anthony Olubunmi Okogie, the Prelate of the Methodist Church of Nigeria, the Most Reverend Samuel Chukwuemeka Kanu Uche, Chairman, CAN, Lagos state Very Rev. Stephen Tunde Adegbite, and the Dean Emeritus and Bishop of Lagos Anglican Communion, the Most Rev. Dr. Ephraim Adebola Ademowo,
Kwankwaso informed the religious leaders that he visited them as part of his on-going consultation regarding his presidential aspiration on the platform of the APC.
“Nigeria is a multi-religious and multi-cultural country and all of us are yearning for good leadership that will restore our country back on the track of progress. We must, therefore, come together as one to bring about the much needed positive change in this country”, he asserted.
Gov. Kwankwaso said as a presidential aspirant, he is carrying everybody along irrespective of religious or cultural affiliation, stressing, however, that as people who command respect in the society, the clerics must be consulted on issues of governance and leadership.
“Let me say that this visit is part of our consultations to vie for the presidency of this great country. People from across the country have been urging me to contest but as critical stakeholders in the scheme of affairs, I believe your wise counsel cannot be ignored”, the governor maintained.
“Religious and cultural differences should not deter us from seeking good leadership at the centre and indeed at all levels – a leadership that will address our current security and economic challenges and make our unity stronger”, Kwankwaso stated.
In their separate remarks, the Christian leaders described the visit as the first of its kind, pointing out that it is a testimony to the dynamism and open mindedness of Gov. Kwankwaso.
They acknowledged that Nigeria is indeed in a critical stage in its socio-political development, promising to pray for him and for continued peace and prosperity in the country.
Halilu Ibrahim Dantiye, fnge, mni
Director of Press and Public Relations
to the Executive Governor of Kano state