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Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has warned political parties against a single-faith presidential ticket.

In a statement made available to journalists in Abeokuta, Ogun State on Sunday, Obasanjo said that such idea was dangerous given the current happenings in the polity.

Part of the statement by the former president read, "Sensitivity is a necessary ingredient for enhancement of peace, security and stability at this point in the political discourse and arrangement for Nigeria and for encouraging confidence and trust.

"It will be insensitive to the point of absurdity for any leader or any political party to be toying with Muslim- muslim or Christian-Christian ticket at this juncture.

"Nigeria cannot at this stage raise the spectre and fear of Islamisation or Christianisation. The idea of proselytisation in any form is a grave danger that must not be contemplated by any serious-minded politician at this delicate situation in Nigeria, as this time is different from any other time.

"Therefore, disregarding the fact that there are fears that need to be allayed at this point will amount not only to insensitivity of the highest order but will also amount to very bad politics indeed.

Obasanjo's statement is coming a day after APC presidential hopeful, Muhammadu Buhari said that religious faith will not be an important factor when he had to pick a running mate.

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