Apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, has described the appearance of hired clerics at the unveiling of the vice presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Kashim Shettima, as a desperate act.
Premium Politics had reported that Shettima was unveiled as Bola Tinubu’s running mate in Abuja on Wednesday.
The presence of some hired bishops caused a stir at the event that occurred amid the controversy trailing the Muslim-Muslim ticket of the party.
However, the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, as well as the Catholic Church have since described the bishops as fake.
Reacting to the development, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide, said the group was awed by “the level of desperation being displayed by the APC presidential campaign group”, stressing that “every well-meaning Nigerian should also be concerned because such persons do not mean well for the country.”
“If the Tinubu campaign team could go as far as hiring people from the streets and giving them bishopric attires just to claim acceptance by the Christian community, then anything else is possible.
“Frankly, we are troubled by that show of shame; we are worried over that level of desperation and it is a warning sign, a wake-up call to all Nigerians.
“To worsen the matter, the hirelings were seen sharing money openly at a popular hotel in Abuja just a few minutes after the event.
“How can we explain the fact that the same Tinubu who could not find a competent Christian as his running mate, was able to find hordes of street urchins who paraded themselves as Bishops? So, after all, Christians are now important to the Tinubu campaign. This is hypocrisy to the highest level and we urge Nigerians to be watchful,” the group added.