The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Kwara State chapter, has advised political parties to be more inclusive in their approach to politics and governance in the state.
He added that Christians have not been fairly treated by successive governments and that members of the group are ready to support a candidate that will cater for the interest of Christians in next year’s election in the North-Central state.
Gobir promised to carry the Christian community along in his administration if given the chance to govern the state. He added: “Religion is not a tool of political manipulation and the place of meritocracy cannot be disregarded. We will find the Christians who can deliver the job and ensure they are a part of the new government.”
Kwara State has been plagued with religious tension in recent times. For instance, there have been clashes between Muslim and Christian groups over the use of hijab in mission schools. One such clash led to the death of one person and injury to several others earlier in the year. This has resulted in Christians advocating for adequate religious representation in public offices.