The Vice President-elect, Kashim Shettima, on Friday, said the early stages of the administration of the President-elect, Bola Tinubu, might not be rosy, following the myriads of problems bedeviling the country.
He said the issue of subsidy removal and the multiple exchange rate system, among others, had become serious challenges that the administration must surmount.
Shettima spoke at the Jumat prayer and lecture held in Abuja as part of the activities lined up for the May 29 handover ceremony.
He said he was aware they were short of time, noting that a delay might compound the deteriorating situation in the country.
He said, “Tinubu is a fair-minded person. He will do justice to Nigeria irrespective of affiliation with political parties, religious and tribal background. We are united by our common heritage of poverty and insecurity, among others.
“This is time for all of us to form a coilate into a single force. Ours is a great nation waiting to unleash its great potential to the world. China was once called a sleeping giant but today, China has woken up. Nigeria needs to wake up. We are calling on all of you to pray for us for God’s guidance.
“I want to assure you that Tinubu will hit the ground. We do not have the luxury of time. The challenges facing us are getting worse. We are living in a pressing time. Rest assured that in the fullness of time, Nigeria will pay glowing tributes to us.
“The starting point might not be rosy, let me be very honest with you. Oil subsidy is albatross on our neck. The multiple exchange rate system is a drain on the national economy. There are certain decisions the president-elect will take but in the fullness of time, Nigerians will not only appreciate but also celebrate us.”
Shettima, however, promised that women would be well compensated in the incoming administration.
“To my sisters, be rest assured you would be well represented in the incoming administration. Not only this, I promise you, you will be well compensated,” he added.
The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), said the economic, security and other problems faced under his watch were a global phenomenon.
Represented by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, Buhari said,” The problems we have had within the economic, security, and social sector are not peculiar to us. The potential is always there to make the country great. How we managed during COVID-19 and the Russian /Ukrainian war among others have shown how Nigerians can come out of difficult situations.
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