In his speech on the choice of Senator Kashim Shettima as the vice-presidential candidate for the 2023 elections, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, presidential candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) party, raised a number of questions.
In this article, we highlight some of these issues.
Tinubu reminded Nigerians that there is a collective task ahead and strategies must be devised to accomplish these tasks. He said everyone must answer the call of the nation. “For some, it requires us to move on, taking on new roles and responsibilities. For others, it may mean something else. For all of us, this demands that we dedicate ourselves to the national collective as never before”.
Pledging to commit to the cause, the APC presidential candidate said, “I stand ready to begin this journey with you, hopefully, to lead the nation down this necessary path as a your next president by the grace of God. I believe this is a pivotal moment when the dynamics of history and fate call us to reshape our beloved nation. It’s our time.
ABILITY TO LEAD
On this point, he said: “In the weeks since my nomination as presidential candidate and standard bearer of the All Progressives Congress (APC), I have been touched by the fact that Nigerians from all walks of life have demonstrated their faith in my ability to lead this country. I thank you for the outpouring of support because it reveals to me the hope that you have for the greatness of this nation. As long as we walk and work together, we will achieve our national greatness together. To this happy and great enterprise I devote myself fully and my future work. »
Tinubu said that if elected, his administration would bring greater prosperity and more lasting peace. He also assured that his government would be courageous in action and embark on a collective enterprise that would bring jobs, education, food, medicine, hope and faith for a better life to those in need.
Tinubu expressed concern about the state of development in Nigeria. He said now is the time to reawaken patriotism and advance the ideals of democratic and progressive governance in the country.
To rethink and reshape Nigeria, Tinubu said his administration must put together the best team possible, regardless of religion. He said he would put together a team with an overarching goal based on establishing just, capable and compassionate governance for the people of Nigeria.
Regarding the selection of the most important people in his administration, the team who will advise and make the important decisions, Tinubu assured Nigerians that he would pick the best of them all.
He said his decision to select the team that will support his administration will be guided by the principles of competence, innovation, compassion, integrity, fairness and respect for excellence.
He further explained that when he was Governor of Lagos State, these principles helped him build one of the most capable cabinets of government a state or this nation has ever seen. Tinubu said he believed in these principles to enable his administration to once again build another exemplary team that can make Nigeria proud.
Tinubu said his selection of a running mate centered on someone whose political leanings also matched his longtime inclinations. He further explained that his decision to choose Senator Kashim Shettima is not based on religion or to please one community or the other. On the contrary, he made his choice because he believes the senator is the man who can help him bring the best governance to all Nigerians regardless of their religious affiliation or ethnic or regional considerations.
PROMISE TO THE DISAPPOINTED
“May I say this to all of you, especially those who will be disappointed in my selection based on religious considerations. I do not want and cannot ignore the religious concerns and ethnic sensitivities of our people. Giving them due consideration is an important element of good and competent governance. But religion, ethnicity and region cannot always and entirely determine our path. To move forward as a nation towards development and prosperity, we must free ourselves from old bonds. We need to recalibrate our political calculations where competence and fairness matter more than reductive demographics.