Shetima described peaceful co-existence as an essential ingredient without which no meaningful development can thrive
By Mohammed Usman
The Vice President-elect, Senator Kashim Shetima, has kick-started a one-man campaign without his principal and the president-elect, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, with meetings with Nigeria’s past leaders, Gen. Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida (IBB), and Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar, at their respective homes in Minna, Niger State.
The visit on Thursday without Tinubu, fueled the speculation that all was not well in their camp.
But some observers believed that the visit was just to consolidate on the outcome of the February 25, 2023 Presidential and National Assembly election being challenged in the Court by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the Labour Party (LP) Presidential candidates respectively, Alhaji Atiku Abubarkar and Mr. Peter Obi.
After visiting the former Nigerian leaders at their Hilltop residence in company with the Niger State Governor, Abubakar Sani Bello, the vice president-elect described the two elder statesmen as key stakeholders with a lot to offer to humanity.
“Stakeholders are beacon of hope and will continue to tap from their wealth of experience. They have a lot to offer the nation and humanity, and the next administration will continue to tap from their wealth of experience.
“We will continue to reach out to them for their advices, inputs and perspectives on issues confronting us as a nation,” he said.
While commending the out-going administration in the state for ensuring that there was peace among the diverse ethnic nationalities in the state, Shetima described peaceful co-existence as an essential ingredient without which no meaningful development can thrive.
The vice president-elect also paid homage to the Emir of Minna, Dr. Umar Farouq Bahago, where prayers were also offered for the peace of the remaining electioneering processes.