VP Osinbajo Receives Vice President-Elect, Shettima

Cyril Okonkwo, Abuja

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Nigeria’s Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, on Thursday, met with the Vice President-elect, Senator Kashim Shettima, at the State House.

Shettima, who spoke with State House correspondents after his private meeting, said his visit was at the instance of the vice president.

At the instance of His Excellency, the Vice President, who is a friend, who is a contemporary, I came in just to exchange pleasantries and cross-pollinate ideas on how to move the nation forward. 

“He took me round the offices out of courtesy and I want to commend him; I want to thank him for extending that courtesy for me; just cross-fertilisation of ideas.”

No luxury of time
The incoming vice president said that the Tinubu/Shettima government would hit the ground running immediately they are inaugurated, insisting that they don’t have the luxury of time.

“I believe President Tinubu will hit the ground running from Day 1; we do not have the luxury of time. 

“I will be the vice president.  I don’t want to be presumptions; I don’t want to make loud proclamations, but my good feeling and my interactions with him tend to show that we will hit the ground running from Day 1.” 

Humbling experience
On the conferment on him of the national honour of the Grand Commander of the Order of the Niger (GCON) by President Muhammadu Buhari, Shettima said it was a humbling experience.

“We are what we are not because of our intellect, not because of our physical prowess, not because of our pedigree, or political sagacity.

“It is just a gift from God and power is the most ephemeral of God’s gift to humanity.

“Four years or eight years in this time is not more than eight weeks. 
“So, I believe it is a humbling experience; it is a call to national duty.”

The incoming vice president solicited the support of all Nigerians and the media to enable the new administration to build a new Nigeria.

 

Lateefah Ibrahim

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