Much Ado About A Christian Governor

Once again, some Nigerians have shown that they are not capable of reasoning in a logical manner because they have allowed themselves to be held captive by religious and ethnic prejudices.

A needless tension has been allowed to prevail in Kaduna over what would be the inevitable emergence of the Deputy Governor of that state, Patrick Ibrahim Yakowa, as governor.

According to the constitution, when the position of a governor of a state becomes vacant, the deputy should automatically be sworn-in as the helmsman. That is the case with Kaduna as the governor, Namadi Sambo, has been nominated by President Goodluck Jonathan as vice president; a nomination that was approved yesterday by the National Assembly.

But certain Muslim groups have threatened to resist any attempt to elevate the deputy governor to the status of governor. And their reasons betray their level of religious bias. One of the reasons given is that they believe that Kaduna is a Muslim-dominated state and to have Yakowa, a Christian, as  governor, will amount to forcing the Muslims to be subservient to a Christian governor.

Another reason given is that Kaduna serves as the historical centre of the north, which indirectly, represents the headquarters of the Muslims. Hence, they believe that that is not the kind of place for a Christian to govern.

We want to believe that these opinions do not represent the views of all Muslims in the state. It is heart warming that Namadi Sambo at an interactive forum with both Muslims and Christians in the state, appealed to the Muslims in particular to accept Yakowa as their governor.

“My elevation to the status of VP and that of Yakowa to the governor of the state is an act of God. So, I expect nobody to protest,” said Sambo.

The opinion of these people who are opposed to Yakowa’s governorship is absurd. One, they have no concrete proof to show that the Muslims are in the majority in that  state. And even if they are, Nigeria is a secular country and every state in Nigeria is a secular one. Hence, anyone, even if the person is a Christian, Muslim or adherent of other religions can be a governor of a state provided the person meets the constitutional requirements.

Besides, the constitution is superior to religious biases and ethnic prejudices. According to the constitution, the only person who should be governor given the situation in Kaduna, is Yakowa, whether anybody likes it or not. Period!

Nigerians should learn to think outside the box of religion and tribe and accept what is right in every situation. It is a shame that some people will kick against a Christian governor in northern Nigeria in this 21st century when Nigerians are being elected as members of the British parliament. Common, we can’t be so backward!

We plead with the people of Kaduna to give total support to Yakowa as he takes over the administration of the state. They must allow peace to reign for the good of all. We can do without the kind of crises that rocked Jos this year. Security agencies must be vigilant to forestal any threat to peace in Kaduna.


  1. Let me start by saying Nigeria is not and will not be a secular state. if it is then why do we have different court for Islamic people (Sharia court) what about christian or traditional worshipers. so it is high time to thing well by allowing the Islamic dominion in Nigeria except right things are done. sharia court must be abolished and all nigeria must be prosecute by thesame court of the land.

  2. @ Bahaushen it is obvious u r a pure illiterate you had to pay someone to write that post coz i’m pretty sure using a pc’s technology is far too advanced 4 u… nx time b4 postin plz just take a time out to read thru.. u might just do urself a favour by not posting sumtin completely stupid tho i seriously doubt that…guess ther’s goin to be a problem here … readin it … well u can pay d same guy who posted this 4 u

    Naija-World! Welcome to Nigeria

  3. The american govt was right when they claimed that the late president yar adua had been brain dead since december.they could be right with their position of the geographical concept called nigeria breaking up before 2015.i pray that before it happens,the poor northern christians would have been aided and provided some geographical space in the middle belt/southern region so as not to be victimised.Although there are thousands of northerners who are not religion biased and believe me,you’d love these ones when you meet them.
    permit me to ask, the jos masacre,aw far with the prosecution?AREWA had also confirmed it when they stated that “the north is nigeria’s problem”

  4. As a muslim I amguided by the saying of God that the postion of ledeship or wealth or any thing for that matter is God’s and He freely gives or takes from hom ever He pleases. MUSLIMS OUGHT TO KNOW THIS BETTER THAN ANY OTHER BEING. Whil some confused muslims might be tempted by worldly matter to make some wrong statements, I doubt some of the comments have truy been made by muslims. Unfortunately people who are not qualified are quick to throw insults and abuses at muslims.

  5. To all those insult Islam and Muslims if you know ur mother born you with blood come down to north and said it loud and see who will become history. in Kaduna and every state their are three senators in kaduna two senators muslims while the other is a christian come 2011 we will win the election to sir kashim ibrahim house insha Allah. Hausa a superior to any other language in nigeria. long live bahaushe, long live kaduna, long live nigeria. Hausa in Niger, Cameroun, Sudan, Ghana, togo etc hmmmmmmmm

  6. i whan prisident jonatan to take mr patric as vp you shurt for about sambo because nothern muslem the dont like prograss. and that is there problem in nothern. and here what there talking in jos. the whan to dividant jos into two ok if that shurt be the case let dividant kaduna into two.

  7. It is very unfortunate that people can at times be stupid in their way of reasoning.
    The logic is simple, if yakowa is not wanted as governor, then, Sambo should remain Gov. and 4get the VP offer. This is the option for the backward-minded people of the Kaduna State.

  8. your editorial is in my opinion shadow-chasing. the truth is that certain top muslims long ago have been pursuing an agenda designed to make nigeria an islamic country…. lets face it! i expect your editorial to point out the futility of pursuing such an agenda and advise its subscribers to have a rethink simply because christians and adherents of other faiths are certainly not going to stand by and watch that happen. the other alternative such bloodthirsty felons seek is a conflagration. truth be told squarely, nigeria belongs to us all. those who seek an islamic utopia are free to migrate en-masse to saudi-arabia an islamic state if they so choose!!

  9. I am shock to read that these set of idiots still live in Nigeria, and why do we protect them? I have written it that the North is the problem of Nigeria except the progressive ones like Ribadu, Rufai, Nda Isaiah and their likes. Why do these idiots use the gasoline produced in the christian dominated areas? Why did they allow Jonathan to be president?

    Watch out before another Jos. Will the security outfits say they have no warning signs before these idiots slaughter christians? I hate religious bigotry.

  10. Could someone tell those illiterate muslim religious fanatics that religion has no place in who governs any state. Hope they are not trying to call the christians in that fools for allowing muslims to rule them all these while. Patrick should establish his authority over anyone in that state,anyone who does not like it can move to a neighbouring state with muslim governor

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