How VP SHETTIMA Is Coping With His New Position

How VP SHETTIMA Is Coping With His New Position

Nearly a 12 months in the past, Sen. Kashim Shettima led the President Bola Ahmed Tinubu marketing campaign for the APC Presidential ticket which was filled with intrigues and hard-wired politicking. In one of many marketing campaign interviews, Sen. Kashim had jokingly issued a ‘jibe’ at then VP Osinbajo, calling him a pleasant man, akin to an ice cream vendor, who wouldn’t make a robust chief. After all it was marketing campaign banter and Sen. Shettima had duly apologised simply 48 hours after, stating that he didn’t imply to denigrate him. One 12 months after it appears the jibe and apology haven’t gone down properly with the apologists of the Prof. Osinbajo’s quest for the Presidency, as a result of an nameless article has been circulated on social media, in what might seem like a laughable come again on the VP’s jibe, labeling him an ice cream man too. The article made an unconscionable try to denigrate the Vice President, and by some means draw a wedge, or maybe ‘dig a trench’ between the Vice President’s harmonious working relationship with President Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

In attempting to malign the Kashim Shettima Vice Presidency, the author referenced Atiku Abubakar’s Vice Presidency, as championing one mission after the opposite. Nicely, the nameless author doesn’t imply properly for Sen. Shettima clearly, as we’re all residing witnesses of how turbulent and anti-climactic Atiku Abubakar’s function as VP ended, brewing a really feudal relationship between him and his principal, former President Obasanjo, successfully bringing an finish to Atiku’s Presidential ambitions on the time. This has continued to be a spanner within the works of Atiku’s aspirations. The ice cream author additionally drew comparisons with the Prof. Osinbajo Vice Presidency which suffered an equally debilitating finish, much like the Atiku Abubakar’s tenure. Prof. Osinbajo had wielded an excessive amount of powers emasculating co-travelers on the corridors of energy, which price him the APC Presidential ticket on the finish of the day, robbing him of an affirmative help from the Presidency. Infact, a number of businesses hitherto below his purview had been faraway from his workplace to type a completely new Ministry, devoid of his affect. Kashim Shettima got here to the Vice Presidency place with extra expertise and dexterity, having served as Governor for 8 years, dealing with essentially the most tumultuous sort of terrorism that Nigeria has ever skilled. Sen. Kashim Shettima is a greater scholar of energy, its legal guidelines, and dynamism in comparison with two of his predecessors which the nameless author desires Sen. Shettima to emulate. It’s hardly a very good prayer.

The ice cream author additionally tried to belittle the Vice President’s engagements on Worldwide obligation, offended as to why Shettima is smiling on the cameras as he boards his official airplane. Shettima has truly been on very essential Worldwide official engagements too quite a few to seize. Some embrace his travels to China to woo buyers on the third Belt and Highway Initiative (BRI) discussion board, with over 130 world leaders in attendance. This was instantly adopted by a visit to the US on the occasion of the African Improvement Financial institution, AFDB, partaking with numerous stakeholders and buyers, exploring alternatives for funding in Nigeria’s renewed drive for meals safety and diversification. This has seen to the AFDB’s enhance in its agricultural interventions in Nigeria from round 500 million {dollars} to greater than a billion {dollars}. The VP, Sen. Kashim Shettima had additionally been to Russia on the occasion of the Russia-Africa Summit, to woo the Russian authorities in addition to Russian companies neighborhood to partake within the Industrialisation drive of the nation, and its efforts in the direction of consolidating on the diversification of the financial system. He was additionally in Europe for the World Financial Discussion board the place he chaired the launch of the Personal Sector Motion Plan for the African Continental Free Commerce Space, AfCTA. The Vice President’s Worldwide outings have been pertinent to the nation’s drive for overseas investments, and efforts in the direction of attaining meals safety.

Claims that the levers of energy are ‘all’ within the fingers of longstanding associates of the President, away from Shettima are wishy washy tales. All of the levers and ‘gears’ related to the duties and roles of the Vice President and Chair of the Nationwide Financial Council are totally inside the management of the workplace of Sen. Kashim Shettima. Opposite to the writers assertions, The workplace of the VP has spearheaded and launched so many tasks as Chair of the Nationwide Financial Council. Notable amongst these tasks are the iDICE, which is the Funding in Digital and Inventive Enterprises programme. This programme is funding greater than 200 technological and inventive start-ups in addition to 450 digital expertise enterprises with a whopping sum of 617 million {dollars}— in partnership with international our bodies. One other of such properly which means initiatives within the VP’s workplace is the Pulaku initiative, which is a non-kinetic strategy in the direction of combating banditry and kidnapping particularly within the North West. This programme is constructing 1000 homes with hospitals and outlets in every of the North Western States which have been ravaged by banditry. This identical power has been channeled to the safety challenges within the South East and a South East Improvement Fee is already awaiting Presidential assent. The North East Improvement Fee, the Nationwide Hajj Fee, the Nationwide Emergency Administration Company, are among the different businesses below the VP’s workplace, apart the quite a few duties, and engagements that his principal assigns to him. He has not been stripped of any supervisory roles over them. President Tinubu’s newly constituted Financial Coordination Council has the President as Chair, and VP Shettima as Vice-Chair. So the VP has greater than sufficient on his desk. The concept of getting the Vice-President to take cost of the Police and its overhaul, or to hijack the duties of the NSA in formulating a brand new safety structure which is being accomplished already, is simply egging on the VP to toddle into troubled waters. ‘Ingiza mai kantu ruwa’ in Hausa means pushing one into murky waters, and the intent of the author can’t be past that. Why push him to usurp the powers of different political appointees?

Sen. Kashim Shettima just isn’t new to the Tinubu dynasty and had lengthy prior to now been penciled for the function of the VP, and had been a type of spearheading President Tinubu’s campaigns, since Shettima left workplace as Borno Governor. At present he stays the President’s rallying level for conventional rulers and leaders of spiritual our bodies. He led their delegation to the villa throughout the ramadhaan, and has only recently secured an approval for 20% allocation of all authorities palliatives to undergo the standard establishments/non secular our bodies. These evaluating the VP to the Ice-cream males wish to make mountains out of molehills, flying kites to check the indispensability of Sen. Kashim Shettima. The Tinubu/Shettima relationship has been for greater than twenty years, and the Tinubu/Shettima ticket continues to wax much more formidably. To have come this far towards all the percentages, definitely the VP is past an ice cream man. The ice cream males have since melted away.

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