Nigeria’s Vice President-elect, Kashim Shettima says a society can strive on unbelief but no society can thrive on injustice
He stated this during the 2023 Presidential Inauguration Public Lecture and Jumaat prayer held at the National Mosque on Friday, May 26, 2023 in Abuja
The Vice Presiden- elect assured Nigerians that the President-elect, Bola Tinubu will hit the ground running but the starting point might not be rosy
“Let me be very honest with you. The oil subsidy has become an albatross around our necks. The multiple exchange rates system is a drain on the national economy and creates a dual economic system, There are certain decisions that the new administration will take, but in the fullness of time, Nigerians will come not only to appreciate but also to celebrate us.”
He said their administration does not have the luxury of time as the challenges facing the nation are many.
“As the Chinese will say, ‘The worst curse that a Chinese man may wish on you is for you to live in interesting times.’ And indeed, we are living in interesting times. But rest assured that in the fullness of time, Nigerians will come to pay glowing tributes to Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.”
The Vice President-elect who applauded the sincerity of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board Registrar, Professor Ishaq Oloyede for remitting over seven billion naira to the federal government’s account in his first year in the office, described power as the ’’most ephemeral” of Allah’s gifts to humanity
“We’re here not because of our intellect. Neither Kashim Shettima nor Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu holds any PhD degree. We are what we are not because of our physical powers. We are what we are, not because of our political sagacity. There are better politicians.
“Power, to us, will be a humbling experience. It’s an opportunity to serve God and humanity. And whether we accept it or not, we are going to spend more years of our lives outside power than in power.”
He described the President-elect, Bola Tinubu as a pure-minded leader who would do justice to all Nigerians
“Asiwaju is a fair-minded leader, he will do justice irrespective of differences in political affiliations, religious persuasions, tribal or sectional backgrounds. We’re all united by our common heritage of poverty, destitution and insecurity.”
The Vice President-elect, therefore, called for support from all Nigerians for the development of the nation.
In his goodwill message, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, called on Nigerians to cooperate with the incoming administration to enable them to transform the country for good.
The SGF noted that elections had come and gone and that a new set of leaders had been democratically elected.
“It is our duty to give them all the necessary cooperation to enable them to deliver their plans towards transforming Nigeria into the country of our dreams.”
He added that the difficulties Nigeria encountered within the economic, security, political, and social sectors were not peculiar to the country alone.