Obi distances self from prayer mat campaign poster

 Peter Obi
Peter Obi

The presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, has distanced himself and his campaign team from some prayer mats that had his image printed for souvenirs.

Photo of the campaign souvenir surfaced online and attracted criticism from Muslims on social media because it is reportedly forbidden in Islam to print images on prayer mats used to observe daily prayers.

However, in a tweet on his verified Twitter handle on Friday, Obi revealed that the souvenirs were printed by his support group and not his campaign team.

He however noted that he has respect for every faith, ethnicity and gender in Nigeria and will not set out to mock anyone.

"The inclusion of my picture on the praying mat by a support group was misguided, even with the best of intentions. It didn't emanate from my campaign team. I have deep respect for the Muslim faith and indeed, for every other religion.

"We will never mock any faith, ethnicity or gender. We are one Nigeria," he tweeted

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