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2023 Election: "The Time Has Come To Choose Wisely" By Kashim Shettima by naptu2: 1:53pm On Jan 17
Senator Kashim Shettima was governor of Borno State from 2011 till 2019.


Abubakar Sadiq Kurbe @SadeeqKurbe

The Time Has Come To Choose Wisely

By Senator @KashimSM Shettima

Being a keynote address at Support Group Conference, organised by Support Groups Management Council (SGMC), in honour of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu at the International Conference Centre, Abuja, on January 17, 2022.

I stand here today honoured by the burden of expectations upon me and, more tellingly, strengthened by the convictions of the patriots with us in this journey to make history.

We are brought together by a forest of ideas, but what defines us and sets us apart from other political groups is this collective realisation that the future of this country rests on the choice of a unifying leader; a leader who panders to neither ethnic nor religious agenda, and one who isn’t bound by toxic regional solidarity and yet known for a track record of outstanding leadership.

If you look round this country in search of such a noble character, the count easily falls on the subject of this gathering: Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu. So much has been said about this political enigma and most of them by hacks with a poor sense of history.

The path that led us to Asiwaju didn’t happen by chance. His propensity for sacrificing his comfort to save our democracy has been duly documented across time. When uncertainty loomed over the country during the military era, this was the man who disbursed his resources to fight for the return to this democracy. Even in exile, he provided sanctuaries for fleeing patriots who are still around to testify to his large heart.

Our younger compatriots must be in the know of Tinubu’s memories from two decades past—when he was a backbone of the opposition and fiercely antagonized and politically ostracised by the then ruling party, the People’s Democratic Party. He even built the economic foundations of the modern Lagos State at the time the State was isolated by a vindictive federal government.

While Tinubu’s political contemporaries were trading their principles for a place at the table in Abuja during President Olusegun Obasanjo’s era, and throwing their political allies under the bus, he took the risk to build a political alternative to the ruling party and his choices of candidates underlined his political credentials. He became, and has remained, a dependable sanctuary of victims of political witch-hunts.

In 2007, he offered his political structure to former Vice President Atiku Abubakar to run for President under the Action Congress (AC) banner. Four years later, he made this structure available for Malam Nuhu Ribadu, and this foresight of the Jagaban Borgu would also set the tone of the 2015 general elections. His place as a fulcrum of the All Progressives Congress re-asserted his essence, and we all owe him a debt of gratitude and deserved loyalty for prioritizing principles over personal gains.

Asiwaju’s choices and endorsements of northerners as presidential candidates while others were masterminding ethno-regional solidarity and fuelling socio-cultural affinities readily affirm his pan-Nigerian profile. Where others see divisions to exploit, he sees collaborations. Where others chase an easy route to power, he reminds you of Geoffrey Chaucer’s immortal wisdom—that patience is a conquering virtue. And it’s this patience that has brought us together today, to remember the examples he’s set and the debt we owe him.

he mudslinging that has trailed Asiwaju since his presidential bid took the top spot in the country is a mere acknowledgment of his political track record and inimitable influence on our political scene. The attempts at weaving ridiculous fiction to override the history we’ve all witnessed demonstrate the detractors’ utter desperation and cowardice. One of such is the mischievous fixation on his age and the wild conclusions that he’s physically unsuitable for the Office of the President.

This obsession characterizes the thinking of those who have no understanding of Asiwaju’s incredible work ethic.

A few days ago, I joined him on a trip to Zamfara state to condole with the people and identify with their realities, and the experience made a nonsense of the propaganda that he’s unfit to run Nigeria. On the eve of the trip, Asiwaju had retired at 6 am, after Subhi prayers, and was already awake and attending to guests by 11 am.

We departed for Sokoto around 2 pm and had to traverse the menacing hinterland of that part of the North-West for seven hours from Sokoto to Gusau—where he made a generous donation of N50 million as he had in other places struck by tragedies—and then back to Sokoto.

On returning to Abuja by midnight, his schedule was entirely a series of meetings that kept him up till 3 am. Now, excuse my curiosity, how many of us here can match or endure such a demanding schedule?

Asiwaju’s alacrity, therefore, has never been a subject of scepticism for those who’ve worked with him, and even his critics are aware of this. If he were half the man in their tales by moonlight, they would’ve long succeeded in subduing him. The mark of true leadership isn’t the ability to lift a bag of cement. It’s the mental effort to think rationally of solutions designed to redeem one’s people and territorial jurisdiction.

This was why leaders like Franklin D. Roosevelt, the 32nd president of the United States of America, stood out. Roosevelt took power in a country wrecked by the Great Depression of the 1930s and guided its economy through the Second World War, and the quality of his thoughts and ideas made the United States a superpower under his watch.

Similarly, the accident that had Kenya’s Mwai Kibaki confined to a wheelchair didn’t disable his ability to produce sound ideas, and Kenyans were sold on his virtue that they chose him as their President over what some would consider a fitter option.

I’m not asking you to tone down critical assessments of your future leaders, but redirect you to see the bigger picture. We are not here to prepare for the Olympics, but an institution that relies on the superiority of ideas to thrive.

Asiwaju’s credentials aren’t only appealing, they are proof of the qualities this country needs to redeem its vast potentials and possibilities. We are here to testify to this power of ideas—one that overturned the fortunes of Lagos state and sustained its supremacy as the largest economy in Sub-Saharan Africa and kept the opposition alive when it was more profitable to sell out.

mastery of the dynamics of the modern economy, testified leadership skills and competence, and, very significantly, sensitivity to the complexities of Nigerian sociology. Pause to reflect on the man we are here to celebrate, and what you see is a tested, accomplished, and large-hearted leader who’s invested his resources in building an extensive network of political mentees who’ve risen to the peak of their career.

But in politics, of course, the camps with nothing to sell always choose the mud. We are not going to take the bait. We are going to keep them talking and busy with irrefutable records of Asiwaju’s suitability to lead this country to the promised land.

I’m not saying it’s going to be easy, for those who’ve been in the system for long understand that some character’s loyalty has a thing in common with a chameleon. What we promise, however, is to make sure that all Nigerians are presented with a side of the Jagaban Bornu other than the fiction and half-truths from political desperadoes clinging to the rigging of a sinking ship.

This is why we are here—to build and mobilise a network of believers and volunteers at the grassroots to help us deliver the Nigeria of our dream.

https://mobile.twitter.com/SadeeqKurbe/status/1483042211201748994

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Re: 2023 Election: "The Time Has Come To Choose Wisely" By Kashim Shettima by Moferere: 1:57pm On Jan 17
Everybody is organising themselves now, telling people why they must vote for their candidate.

Meanwhile, our brothers from South East are still observing sit at home, thinking that power will be given to them on a platter of gold

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Re: 2023 Election: "The Time Has Come To Choose Wisely" By Kashim Shettima by Brendaniel: 1:59pm On Jan 17
So choosing Tinubu is now a wise decision? Chai! suffer no dey tire some people sha...

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Re: 2023 Election: "The Time Has Come To Choose Wisely" By Kashim Shettima by slawormiir: 1:59pm On Jan 17
Damnnn niggar


My pvc is a vote against thiefnubu

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Re: 2023 Election: "The Time Has Come To Choose Wisely" By Kashim Shettima by Lovenorth: 2:00pm On Jan 17
Time to choose Tinubu the Jagaban of Bargu

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Re: 2023 Election: "The Time Has Come To Choose Wisely" By Kashim Shettima by kingbee90: 2:01pm On Jan 17
grin
AFONJA Tinubu Online Miscreants(A.T.O.M) should take note.

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Re: 2023 Election: "The Time Has Come To Choose Wisely" By Kashim Shettima by Racoon(m): 2:01pm On Jan 17
"...Those who believe that Tinubu has a peculiar skill for selecting worthwhile leaders should at least account for his prudence in fostering a crassly incompetent leader like Buhari, not once but twice! Buhari turned out to be a disaster during his first term, but Tinubu promoted him for a second term.

Anyone who watched Buhari’s recent interview with Channels Television cannot but conclude that though Buhari still has 17 months to go, Nigeria has already frittered away eight years of national life. We have been plagued with possibly the most incompetent and the most sociopathic leader in national history.

In 2015, Buhari was hardly a promising candidate, but things were not supposed to be this bad. The man did not solve any problem but, in fact, worsened every-thing with his impotence and sadistic arrogance.

We saw the massive disgust that crossed Buhari’s face when his interviewers-Maupe Ogun &Seun Okinbaloye read out the statistics of his failure to him. He could not refute them beyond saying he was not sure their figures were correct.

If he oversaw his own regime, would he not have countered with facts and figures that showed how much he had improved the country? That was a leader Tinubu helped install twice and we are supposed to trust his judgement again?
https://punchng.com/tinubus-presidency-affliction-must-not-rise-a-second-time/

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Re: 2023 Election: "The Time Has Come To Choose Wisely" By Kashim Shettima by blamingthedevil: 2:01pm On Jan 17
Bola Tinubu may not need to spend much on publicity.

The publicity is being carried out by opposition. This week alone I can count up to 100 converts . Nairaland should send Bill to BAT Campaign(vice-versa), because out of five threads that make it to front page, Bola Tinubu's name must appear in two.

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Re: 2023 Election: "The Time Has Come To Choose Wisely" By Kashim Shettima by Racoon(m): 2:01pm On Jan 17
Why Bola Tinubu Must Never Be Nigeria’s President, By Festus Adedayo
https://www.premiumtimesng.com/opinion/506076-why-bola-tinubu-must-never-be-nigerias-president-by-festus-adedayo.html

Tinubu’s Presidency: Affliction Must Not Rise A Second Time - Abimbola Adelakun
https://punchng.com/tinubus-presidency-affliction-must-not-rise-a-second-time/

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Re: 2023 Election: "The Time Has Come To Choose Wisely" By Kashim Shettima by franchasng: 2:02pm On Jan 17
Share the bullion van money jareh. Lagos money is our collective wealth, one brown teeth drug kingpin cum political looter alone cannot pocket it. Its part of our national cake cheesy

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Re: 2023 Election: "The Time Has Come To Choose Wisely" By Kashim Shettima by Authoreety: 2:02pm On Jan 17
Wisely, he said
Re: 2023 Election: "The Time Has Come To Choose Wisely" By Kashim Shettima by Maxymilliano(m): 2:03pm On Jan 17
If you look round this country in search of such a noble character, the count easily falls on the subject of this gathering: Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
No matter how you sugar coat it, Ahmed Tinubu still remain a thief !

Noble ko, Nobel ni

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Re: 2023 Election: "The Time Has Come To Choose Wisely" By Kashim Shettima by Sakamaje: 2:03pm On Jan 17
Moferere:
Everybody is organising themselves now, telling people why they must vote for their candidate.

Meanwhile, our brothers from South East are still observing sit at home, thinking that power will be given to them on a platter of gold

I fear that this sit-at-home routine may not allow elections to hold in that region, and that would be to their disadvantage, politically.

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Re: 2023 Election: "The Time Has Come To Choose Wisely" By Kashim Shettima by atorioke(m): 2:03pm On Jan 17
Moferere:
Everybody is organising themselves now, telling people why they must vote for their candidate.

Meanwhile, our brothers from South East are still observing sit at home, thinking that power will be given to them on a platter of gold

You say wetin? People dey hustle to get Party ticket, you dey talk about making noise. Na only Tinubu dey behave this way. Atiku, Amaechi, Osinbajo, Tambuwal dey wan fight to get party ticket. Once dem don clinch party ticket, na then politicking go start.

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Re: 2023 Election: "The Time Has Come To Choose Wisely" By Kashim Shettima by jaxxy(m): 2:04pm On Jan 17
Waste of time.

Tinubu has alot more baggage than even Atiku. A godfather is also a threat to Democratic principles. Lagos since fashola has been a shadow of itself.

We cannot have 2 Buhari characters consecutively.
Re: 2023 Election: "The Time Has Come To Choose Wisely" By Kashim Shettima by Zorn: 2:04pm On Jan 17
Moferere:
Everybody is organising themselves now, telling people why they must vote for their candidate.

Meanwhile, our brothers from South East are still observing sit at home, thinking that power will be given to them on a platter of gold
allow South East to be please.

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Re: 2023 Election: "The Time Has Come To Choose Wisely" By Kashim Shettima by Zainabthegirl1(f): 2:07pm On Jan 17
Hmmm
Re: 2023 Election: "The Time Has Come To Choose Wisely" By Kashim Shettima by Indispensable85(m): 2:08pm On Jan 17
Asiwaju presidential movement is on full trottle. Unstoppable movement!
If u like dey cry 4 nairaland.

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Re: 2023 Election: "The Time Has Come To Choose Wisely" By Kashim Shettima by shigishege: 2:10pm On Jan 17
Tinubu go choke okoros to death

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Re: 2023 Election: "The Time Has Come To Choose Wisely" By Kashim Shettima by Kingpin1000: 2:11pm On Jan 17
We will not vote a man who hates youths.
We will not vote a man who is known as the father of corruption.
We will not vote a selfish man who can sellout his brothers for power of maximum 8 years.
We will not vote a man who brought and packaged this calamity called Buhari.
We are not as daft as his supporters.

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Re: 2023 Election: "The Time Has Come To Choose Wisely" By Kashim Shettima by Fiscus105(m): 2:11pm On Jan 17
Others would be panicking now, in fact many would not bother to come out again and would instead join the bandwagon in other not to be left out.

I trust my naija people!
Re: 2023 Election: "The Time Has Come To Choose Wisely" By Kashim Shettima by shigishege: 2:11pm On Jan 17
jaxxy:
Waste of time.

Tinubu has alot more baggage than even Atiku. A godfather is also a threat to Democratic principles. Lagos since fashola has been a shadow of itself.

We cannot have 2 Buhari characters consecutively.
as if you people vote is count. Your 5% vote doesn't have any effect in Nigeria politics

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Re: 2023 Election: "The Time Has Come To Choose Wisely" By Kashim Shettima by 9ty4our: 2:12pm On Jan 17
It is a clear massage that Nigerians did choose foolishly..
Re: 2023 Election: "The Time Has Come To Choose Wisely" By Kashim Shettima by shigishege: 2:13pm On Jan 17
Racoon:
Why Bola Tinubu Must Never Be Nigeria’s President, By Festus Adedayo
https://www.premiumtimesng.com/opinion/506076-why-bola-tinubu-must-never-be-nigerias-president-by-festus-adedayo.html

Tinubu’s Presidency: Affliction Must Not Rise A Second Time - Abimbola Adelakun
https://punchng.com/tinubus-presidency-affliction-must-not-rise-a-second-time/
pga Racoon I respect you more than this but unfortunately your doted 5%vote doesn't have much effect on Nigeria politics

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Re: 2023 Election: "The Time Has Come To Choose Wisely" By Kashim Shettima by gadgethead: 2:15pm On Jan 17
Racoon:

https://punchng.com/tinubus-presidency-affliction-must-not-rise-a-second-time/

Choose wisely!? Ok. But that is if the north does not unleash their juvenile voters on us. Feel sorry for Lagos voters too. Tinubu's agberos and area boys must be sharpening their knives and cleaning their guns
Re: 2023 Election: "The Time Has Come To Choose Wisely" By Kashim Shettima by gadgethead: 2:16pm On Jan 17
naptu2:
Senator Kashim Shettima was governor of Borno State from 2011 till 2019.


Abubakar Sadiq Kurbe @SadeeqKurbe



https://mobile.twitter.com/SadeeqKurbe/status/1483042211201748994

Choose wisely!? Ok. But that is if the north does not unleash their juvenile voters on us. Feel sorry for Lagos voters too. Tinubu's agberos and area boys must be sharpening their knives and cleaning their guns
Re: 2023 Election: "The Time Has Come To Choose Wisely" By Kashim Shettima by jaxxy(m): 2:18pm On Jan 17
shigishege:
as if you people vote is count. Your 5% vote doesn't have any effect in Nigeria politics

The North can’t vote for tinubu, those few ones jumping up and down are only deceiving him.
Re: 2023 Election: "The Time Has Come To Choose Wisely" By Kashim Shettima by seunmsg(m): 2:18pm On Jan 17
Shettima is Tinubu's number supporter in the north and not even Ganduje. His loyalty is 100%. Bornu is one of Tinubu's surest states as far as the APC primary and general election are concerned.

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Re: 2023 Election: "The Time Has Come To Choose Wisely" By Kashim Shettima by tonididdy(m): 2:21pm On Jan 17
I would rather vote in another Fulani man come 2023 than place a vote for tiniibu.



Ps: I'm not Igbo... In fact God punish NK

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