Published 20th April 2022
National leader of All Progressives Congress (APC) and presidential aspirant, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu yesterday said he has become the target of a ‘blasphemous campaign’ orchestrated by political opponents.
Tinubu, in a statement by his media office, described the campaign as a ploy to portray him as being against some religious persuasions.
The statement read in part, ‘’The orchestrated set-up of a poster campaign seeking to use a literary application of the Biblical story of Judas Iscariot’s betrayal of Jesus Christ to rope Asiwaju Tinubu into a storm of blasphemy is the most desperate antics of anti-Tinubu propagandists in recent times.
‘’Our investigations have revealed that those who created the offensive poster were the same people who created the counter-campaign alleging blasphemy. They decided to use both to provoke anger against the person and the aspiration of Asiwaju Tinubu.
‘’This campaign has failed. Irresponsible and insensitive political propaganda that seeks to exploit religious sentiments to manipulate public perception against Asiwaju Tinubu, who is ostensibly the most formidable presidential aspirant in this race.
‘’It is widely known that Asiwaju Tinubu is married to not just a Christian but an ordained pastor, Senator Oluremi Tinubu, and has deva eloped a very deep fraternal relationship with Christendom at all levels, a fact acknowledged by many bishops, pastors and parishioners over the years.’’
The media office further posited that as a known Muslim, Tinubu in words and actions has demonstrated religious tolerance and accommodation.
‘’ He believes in that cardinal principle of the Nigerian Constitution that no one should suffer discrimination oasis of creed or opinion. Besides, as a former governor of Lagos, a state that is a microcosm of Nigeria in terms of religious diversity, his mature management of religion as a way of life, ensured inter-religious harmony in Nigeria’s most industrialised state.
‘’It is imprudent to contemplate that a statesman of Asiwaju Tinubu’s standing will condone Biblical allusions that could denigrate his person or status.
‘’These basic facts were ignored by those desperate to set Muslims against Christians through deliberate disinformation of the general public,’’ it said.
The media office however appealed to Nigerians to ignore such campaigns of calumny and reiterated their commitment to prioritise its political communication on the exposition of the truth and dissemination of their point of view with decency and regard to the feelings of Nigerians.
‘’ We urge others to join us in this patriotic mission by shunning desperation and verbal violence in the campaign for the highest office in the land,’’ it said.