The Association of Computing Professionals in Nigeria has appealed to President Bola Tinubu to select a Christian candidate as the Minister of Communications.
The ACPN highlighted that during President Muhammadu Buhari’s eight-year tenure, both appointed Communications Ministers were followers of the Islamic faith. Barrister Adebayo Shittu and the recently outgoing Minister, Professor Isa Pantami, were both Muslims.
The organization, which represents the interests of the information technology and communication sectors in Nigeria, expressed its concerns about the lack of religious diversity in the leadership of the Ministry of Communications in a press release issued on Wednesday.
Wole Adedoyin, the President of the Association of Computing Professionals in Nigeria, emphasized the importance of religious inclusivity and fairness in government appointments. Adedoyin stated, “We strongly believe that the Nigerian government should uphold religious diversity and ensure equal opportunities in its appointments. Continuously appointing Muslim Communications Ministers disregards the significant contributions that Christians can bring to the country’s communication sector.”
The ACPN recognized the value of diversity in governance, particularly in a multi-religious and multicultural society like Nigeria. President Tinubu would demonstrate his commitment to promoting unity and inclusivity among Nigerians of all faiths by nominating a Christian as the Minister of Communications. The ACPN firmly believed such a decision would foster a more harmonious and representative government, resulting in communication policies catering to all citizens’ needs.
The Association of Computing Professionals in Nigeria also highlighted Christians’ expertise and unique perspectives to the communications field. Christian professionals possess valuable insights and experiences that can significantly contribute to developing and implementing policies advancing Nigeria’s communication infrastructure and services.
The ACPN encouraged President Tinubu to seize this opportunity to bridge the religious divide and promote social cohesion by ensuring that the next Minister of Communications is a Christian. Such a decision would reflect the principles of fairness, equality, and religious tolerance essential for Nigeria’s growth and prosperity.
The Association of Computing Professionals in Nigeria remains committed to advocating for inclusivity, diversity, and equal representation within the Nigerian government and society. As an organization dedicated to advancing the nation’s technology and communication sectors, the ACPN stands ready to support and collaborate with the government in achieving its goals of progress and unity.