Muslim women in Nigeria, under the aegis of Coalition of Muslim Women for Asiwaju (COMWA), have said that until the Presidential candidate of All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, emerges the country’s president in 2023 election, members won’t stop seeking support for their candidate.
The group, which made the pledge at the special prayer held in Badagry and Epe divisions of the state, respectively, disclosed that to further reiterate its support for the Asiwaju, members numbering over 16 million, have agreed to cast their votes for the party.
The group’s National President, Rasheedah Adebari, who organised the prayer, explained that they deemed it fit to hold the special prayer for Tinubu, citing the proximity of the commencement of the election activities.
While noting that effort is not enough without spiritual backing, she explained that the gesture reaffirmed their commitment to voting for Tinubu in the upcoming general election, no thanks to his huge contribution to national development.
She revealed the readiness of the 80 per cent of its members across the country who have their Permanent Voter Card (PVC) to vote for the APC Presidential candidate.
Adebari, in her reaction to the same faith ticket generating heated debate, advised those condemning the ticket to embrace the emergence of the party’s Vice Presidential candidate, Kashim Shettima, as God’s will.
She asked, “when did religion become important for a candidate to emerge or win an election? I don’t think it is. What I understand is that anybody that wants to emerge as a winner in any election must go through votes. It is going to be a kind of nonsense if he actually picks his Vice President from the region where no maximum support is guaranteed.”
She added that religion should not be used as a basis for support, adding that someone who raised the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) to over 50 billion naira, can do better if given a bigger opportunity.
In her welcome address, the coordinator of COMWA in Epe, Mujidah Abdulganiyy-Alli, said it was high time Muslim women, most especially, hijab sisters, get themselves involved in politics.
“COMWA as an organization of Muslim women is aimed at sensitising and mobilising hijab sisters that are skilled in politics at the grassroots levels.
“We also want to use this medium to call our hijab sisters into politics to tell them that wearing of hijab does not hinder them from advocating for good governance in the country,” she noted.