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Tinubu not indifferent to challenges bedeviling North — Shettima



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President Bola Tinubu

By Bashir Bello, Kano

Vice President, Senator Kashim Shettima has tongue lashed critics that President Bola Tinubu is not indifferent to challenges of insecurity and food security among others bedeviling the Northern region.

Shettima stated this when he received high powered delegation from the Federal Government led by the Chief of Staff to the President, Femi Gbajabiamila who were in Kano to pay him a condolence visit over the death of his Mother-in-law.

The Vice President said Tinubu deliberately appointed the Ministers of Defence, Ministers of Police Affairs, Chief of Defence Staff and Chief of Air Staff as well as Ministers of Agriculture, all from the North to address the twin challenges of insecurity and food security in the region.

According to him, “Like I said, the President is a good man and with clean hearts. He means well for Kano, for the North and the Nation.

“Yes, we are facing insecurity across the country. He is determined to address the challenges insecurity facing the entire nation. This is why the President deliberately picked the Ministers of Defence from the North, Chief of Defence Staff and Air Staff from the North, Ministers of Police Affairs from the North, and to address the co-challenges;

“…the President deliberately picked the Ministers of Agriculture from the North. So if anybody starts carrying stories that the President is indifferent to the North, facts do not lie. At the appropriate time, we will lay out the facts for people to see and make informed judgment. Having said that, this is not a forum for grandstanding.

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Shettima, however, said the President means well for the nation while calling on all Nigerians to rally round him to salvage and make the country work.

“It is not a game of apportioning blames but a game of making Nigeria work, and if Nigeria works, Africa works,” he said.

Speaking on political party differences and how Kano State Government stood by him as he lost his Mother-in-law, Shettima hints that the actions of the Government shows that, “We have move beyond politics, we are now in the phase of governance. What bind us together supercedes whatever that divides us.

“PDP, NNPP, APC we are all one family. I remember, must of those who are in NNPP are founding members of APC and so also PDP, this clearly tells you that we are one big family who only believes in one party or the other, so we must work to make Nigeria great together, and together we will make it,” he added.

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