Fejiro Oliver of Elombah.com either do not understand simple English or was hired to lie on behalf of the likes of Wendell Simlins of this world.
What I opined about same-faith ticket is clear. I do not care about the religion of the candidates providing they have the capability, competence and capacity to fight corruption, create jobs and develop our nation without discrimination. And these qualities can be ascertained from their track records in public service and the private sector.
I do not care whether the 2015 presidential ticket consists of Christian-Christian, Muslim-Muslim or Ifa-Ifa. In my 54 years of being a Nigerian citizen I did not feel oppressed when Gowon and Akinwale-Wey ruled this nation.
Neither did I feel specially privileged when the disciplinarian and patriotic Buhari-Idiagbon duo governed the country in very difficult times. No eyebrows were raised when Chief Awolowo picked Philip Umeadi as his running mate in 1979. I did hear the elderly bigots of today shout when Chief MKO Abiola chose Babagana Kingibe as his running mate in 1993.
Those trying to reduce the criteria needed to find those to fix the problems of Nigeria to religion should tell how the balanced Jonathan-Sambo ticket has stopped the administration from being the worst looters in Nigeria’s history – $20bn of federation revenues, N2.6 trillion of fuel subsidy in 2011 alone, billions of pension funds, kerosine subsidies and $1.1bn from the Malabu Oil scandal alone!
Next time a Fejiro Oliver calls any one claiming to be a journalist and asks you to ‘clarify a story’, and you respond “read my Facebook page, I write in simple enough English”, record the phone conversation (I did!) as he is likely to have written his story before calling you. You may be talking to a chartered and certified liar.
We thank God for social media outreach that reduces our dependence on persons that either lack professionalism or conscience or both.
– Nasir El-Rufai”