Vice President Kashim Shettima has tendered an apology to the Muslim community over the comment he recently made regarding the leadership of the 10th National Assembly.
Shettima had said during his meeting with lawmakers ahead of the National Assembly election that “Under the current dispensation, the worst incompetent Southern Christian is better than the most puritanical Northern Muslim for the Presidency of the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria”.
The statement sparked outrage on social media as many criticised the Vice President for being insensitive and divisive.
But in an interview with BBC Hausa, Shettima said his comment was misinterpreted, saying he had no intention to defame Muslims or their religion.
He said he received confidential intelligence reports that were not suitable for public disclosure and that his comment was for the benefit of Nigeria.
“I sincerely did not have any intention to cause harm to any individual or the Islamic religion. However, being an imperfect human being, I seek forgiveness from the community and from my Lord. I pledge that I will never reiterate such words again, as I am a devout Muslim, and my family lineage has faithfully followed the path of Islam for more than 1,400 years ”. he said.
The Vice President also apologised to anyone hurt by his statement, saying it was never his intention to disparage any religion.