Vice President-elect Kashim Shettima at the weekend gave an insight into what to expect from the Bola Ahmed Tinubu presidency due to be inaugurated next week.
Shettima said: “The administration will be for all. Everyone would be carried along.
“Everybody would be given a sense of belonging as there is going to be an inclusive government for all Nigerians.
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“Elections are over and we are going to run Nigeria in such a way that everybody will like it, whether you are a member of All Progressives Congress (APC) or not.”
Shettima spoke in Abuja during a book launch, award presentation and dinner organised for the president-elect, himself and governors-elect by ‘Arewa Women for Tinubu/Shettima’ and ‘100% Focus on Jagaban’.
The vice president-elect was represented by Mohammed Bulama.
The Chairman of 100% Focus on Jagaban, Dr Ibrahim Mohammed, appealed to the incoming administration to prioritise education and infrastructure.
He said the population should also be taken into consideration and stressed the need for a comprehensive database.
“There needs to be an e-government system, whereby when you go to the police, immigration, you can get the data of Nigerians to enable us to figure out who are the bad and good people.
“We need to know ourselves, how we are, who we are, where we live and who are the bad and right people among us. So, we need the data of all and integration of various departments.
“The administration should be fast about solving problems. That will give the people confidence in the government.
“The people that are representing them should know how to talk to people publicly. That is our expectation. We must remain as one despite our differences,” he said.
Minister of Women Affairs, Mrs Pauline Tallen, said under Tinubu’s administration, women will take the lead.
While noting that women have set the pace already by organising an elaborate victory celebration for Tinubu, she called on Nigerians to unite and pray for the success of his administration.
The National President, Arewa Women for Tinubu/Shettima, Hajia Sa’adatu Dogon Bauchi said the group will continue to offer prayers for the administration of Tinubu to lead the country to greater heights.
“It is great pressure to celebrate our victory, the emergency of Sen Tinubu, and his Vice Kashim Shettima and we thank the Almighty Allah for this opportunity.
“We have come through tough times but we thank God we have come out victorious, we will continue to pray to Almighty Allah to grant the president-elect and the Vice President-elect the opportunity to lead this country to greater heights,” she said.
Umahi: why Southeast should support incoming govt
Also yesterday, the Chairman of the Southeast Governors Forum and Governor of Ebonyi State, David Umahi, urged people of the zone to support incoming President Tinubu as the baseline for its integration into mainstream politics and governance.
Umahi made the call during a thanksgiving/dedication of certificates of return for elected public officers on the platform of the ruling party in the state.
The church service was held at the Christian Ecumenical Centre, Abakaliki.
Umahi appealed to those who had different interests in the elections to put behind them the outcomes and embrace the will of God in the affairs of the nation.
He said: “The Southeast people, the elections have come and gone. If it has pleased God that the President-elect will not be, he wouldn’t have given him victory, but he has given him victory, so I tell our people, it is time to begin to do things to respect God.
“It is time for the Igbos to support the government in power. It is time for the Igbos to stop attacking the government in power.”
The governor appealed to Nigerians to close ranks with the incoming administration at the centre in order to rebuild the nation for peace and economic stability.
“The elections have come and gone. It is time to rebuild our nation. Before the election, I told you that Tinubu will win and now he has won, whom God has given victory, no man can stop.”
While appreciating God for the grace of the mammoth accomplishments of his administration in the state, Umahi thanked Ebonyians for their support of his administration.
“Every leader comes with his own God’s anointing, my attitude this afternoon is the attitude of David in the Bible, the attitude of Thanksgiving.
“I remain eternally grateful to God for what he has done for us in Ebonyi…
“The office of the governor is very challenging, it has always been very challenging, we had two recessions, we had COVID and #ENDSARS, but we survived all these, so we have to be grateful to God.”
The governor also counselled leaders to deemphasise gossip in their affairs in order not to be led astray.
Umahi announced the outlawing of scrap businesses and markets in the state due to the unwholesome activities of marketers.
While clarifying that it has become a grievous offence to trade in scrap materials in any part of the state, Umahi charged development centre workers to evolve ways to clean up their centres to make them serene for work.
Earlier in a sermon, the Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Southeast zone, Reverend Father Abraham Nwali, enjoined the incoming administration to prioritise health.
He said no meaningful development can take place without affordable healthcare delivery.
He commended Umahi for insisting on justice, equity and fairness in the choice of his successor in the state.