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Shettima Condemns Mockery of Tinubu’s Democracy Day Fall


Vice President Kashim Shettima on Friday night delivered a passionate rebuke aimed at Nigerians who ridiculed President Bola Tinubu following his misstep during the Democracy Day celebrations on June 12.

Meteor had reported that the incident occurred as Tinubu attempted to mount a military parade vehicle at Eagles Square, where he tripped and fell.

Almost immediately, the president got back to his feet and continued with the event.

The mishap quickly became a viral sensation on social media, with many Nigerians creating memes and caricatures of the President’s stumble.

Addressing attendees at a Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council Town Hall Meeting in the Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, Shettima expressed disappointment over the negative reactions.

“When the President stumbled during the June 12 celebration, it is not only disheartening and disenchanting, but stultifying and heartbreaking that some of our countrymen were celebrating,” Shettima remarked, deviating from his prepared speech to defend Tinubu.

“But dare to put it to you that the hallmark of true leadership is not the ability to lift a bag of cement, but the capacity to come up with robust ideas to solve a nation’s problems.

“We have never had it so good in terms of leadership. President Tinubu means well for the nation. And most importantly, he is inbuilt with the skills set to drive change and in this country.”

Highlighting the importance of leadership beyond physical prowess, Shettima drew parallels with historical figures who faced physical challenges but excelled in governance.

“One of the greatest presidents of the United States was FDR. FDR, with all his health challenges, was able to shepherd the American economy during the Great Depression and the Second World War,” he stated.

He also referenced former Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki, who continued to lead effectively despite an accident that confined him to a wheelchair.

Shettima emphasized that Tinubu, similarly, possesses the intellectual capacity and leadership qualities needed to drive Nigeria forward.

“I can tell you, with all sense of confidence that the president we have now is a man of ideas, who is robustly imbued with the capacity.”

Vice President Shettima urged Nigerians to focus on the substance of Tinubu’s ideas and vision for the nation, rather than trivialising him for a momentary physical mishap.

PEBEC was set up in July 2016 by President Muhammadu Buhari to remove bureaucratic constraints to doing business in Nigeria, and make the country a progressively easier place to start and grow a business.

The Council is an inter-Governmental and inter-Ministerial one which is chaired by the Vice President and comprises 10 ministers, the Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, representatives of Lagos & Kano State governments, the National Assembly and the private sector.

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