Shettima as APC vice-presidential candidate


Although Senator Kashim Shettima presently represents Borno Central Senatorial District as one of Nigerian elite federal law makers, the immediate past governor of Borno State indeed attracted prominence with the tactical, strategic and most ingenious way and manners he handled the kidnapping of Chibok girls in 2014.

While it was traditional for a typical Nigerian governor to await the directive of the sitting President in such a tragic event of monumental national embarrassment, Shettima immediately swung into action by meeting security agencies, civilian JTF, local hunters and community leaders in an attempt to ensure immediate freedom for the girls. He also announced the sum of N50m for accurate information capable of leading to the whereabouts of the girls.

But his eventual prominence to national limelight came in January 2022 during a conference organised by the Support Groups Management Council (SGMC) in Abuja when he dared all odds including power brokers and aristocrats in the North to boldly and courageously hit the nail on the head by affirming that it was Asiwaju Bola Tinubu who ensured the emergence of Buhari as APC presidential candidate and indeed, significantly contributed in no small measure to his ascendance to Nigerian presidency.

He went further by confirming that Tinubu and his progressive team stood like Rock of Gibraltar behind Buhari when other aspirants with huge war chest were itching to clinch the ticket.


He daringly affirmed that power should shift to the South in 2023 for equity,     justice, as well as fairness to prevail and indeed, Tinubu specifically should be given the choice of first refusal, as he had sacrificed more than any other person for the APC.

No other top rated northern politician has been as fierce, frank and daring as Shettima in support of a southern presidency. It should be noted that as at the time Shettima was throwing the bomb, his political life was obviously in danger as political horizon was very cloudy as to whether Tinubu would be favoured for the ticket or not.  Yet, he was unperturbed and undaunted. For him, truth is sacred and must be told the way it is.

What other qualities could a presidential aspirant demand of his running mate in a diverse ethno-centric nation like ours, and especially when one remembers the animosity, chaos and deep-rooted hatred that reigned supreme in the Obasanjo/Atiku presidency?

Strikingly, between Tinubu and Shettima, there is a solid rhythm burning like a wildfire. There is an absolute sense of brotherhood in that relationship. There exists an indescribable chemistry between the duo and it’s incumbent on all of us to allow this blossoming relationship to be replicated in all aspects of our national life. If allowed, it would obviously set the tone for renaissance Nigeria.

It’s also important to note that Shettima would be representing the teeming Nigerian youth population in the mix. At 55, the former governor of Borno State, dynamic, strong, cerebral, agile, quick-witted and mobile is a balance between the young and the old and would therefore be complementing the APC presidential candidate who has obviously crossed 60.

We also have two leaders with admirable grasp and in-depth knowledge of economic issues. At least, come 2023 and beyond, Nigerians are assured of better coordination of the economy, perhaps with the nation bidding bye-bye to policy inconsistency and economic somersault, new era of robustness in the nation management of fiscal and monetary policies with the Central Bank of Nigeria authority rightly mandated to operate within their boundary.

At this juncture, let me submit that Nigeria is in a critical situation. The nation’s economy is in a prostrate state. The real sector of the economy is obviously troubled with so many manufacturing companies relocating from Nigeria. The oil and gas sector brews confusion at all times; the educational sector is in shambles.

A Tinubu/Shettima presidency bid presents a new hope on the horizon. It’s a combination divinely packaged for this difficult time in the annals of Nigeria.

I therefore encourage the Christian Association of Nigeria, members of opposition parties, and other stakeholders in the country to give this ticket a chance. The ticket is our best chance to greatness.

  • Kola Amzat is a Lagos based financial consultant

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