Governor Nasir El-Rufai, of Kaduna State, has said that he is aware that 67 percent of Christians in Southern Kaduna, will not vote for him in the 2019 Governorship election in the State, even if he picks the Pope as his running mate.
El-Rufai, who was a Guest on Channels TV, on Thursday, said that Nigeria ought to divorce religion from politics.
Recall, that the Governor, who is a Muslim, had come under harsh criticisms from the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, and other interests groups, for picking a Muslim as his running mate in the coming elections.
El-Rufai, who is the Candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, said that even his outgoing Deputy, Yusuf Bala Bantex, who is a Christian, was treated like an outcast, because he was in the APC.
“What if I tell you that no matter who I choose as my running mate, even if I choose the Pope, 67 percent of the Christians in Southern Kaduna, have made up their minds that they will never vote for me.
“This is what the polls show.
“So, for me, that is not the issue. The issue is this: Kaduna State is divided, it needs to be united. The way to begin to unite, it is to take religion or ethnicity off the table.
“Since 1992, every Deputy Governor of Kaduna has been a Christian. What has it done for the State? Has it united the State? Has it assuaged the feelings of the Christian minority?
“My current Deputy Governor is a Christian, and I did not pick him, because he is Christian. I picked him, because we were colleagues from University, and I know him to be a brilliant, focused and just man. But, did that change anything?