The All Progressives Congress (APC) vice-presidential candidate Kashim Shettima has come under fire on social media for comparing Bola Tinubu to the late military leader Sani Abacha in terms of his sense of hospitality.
Additionally, Shettima said that if elected president, Tinubu will want to move things along; particularly since he shares President Muhammadu Buhari’s commitment to doing so.
Shettima spoke on Thursday, September 15, 2022 at the Yoruba Tennis Club’s 96th anniversary celebration in Ikoyi, Lagos State.
He asserted that only Bola Tinubu, the APC’s presidential nominee, possesses the attributes the nation demands.
“We are convinced that the general political situation in Nigeria needs the competencies of a detribalised and committed Nigerian like Tinubu to re-ignite the requisite values that can help us rededicate ourselves and all Nigerians to collectively tackle the challenges of national cohesion.
“In 2023, we need a Nigerian leader that has the humility and generosity of spirit of the likes of general Yakubu Gowon. We need a leader that has abnegation and commitment of Muhammadu Buhari.
“We need a leader that has the work ethic and broadmindedness of an Olusegun Obasanjo; a leader that has the situational pragmatism and understanding of Nigeria’s security; the maradonic skill of Ibrahim Babangida.
“Also, we need a leader with a vision and sense of responsibility and commitment; somebody who understands the national title of the nation of an Abdulsalami Abubakar, and in our systemic circumstances; a leader with a dose of the hospitality of a Sani Abacha.
“We need a leader with the intellectual acumen with the action to catapult this nation to a higher pedestrian. And we need a leader who is not bound by regional or religious sentiment,” Shettima said.
However, a cross-section of Nigerians has berated the former Borno Governor for his choice of characters.
When Shettima said Abacha + Buhari = Tinubu and you are still doubting what that means?
The largest looting and corruption in the history of Nigeria + Grand incompetence = Tinubu.
What else do you want to be told?
— Chidi Anunobi 🗨️ (@chidi_anunobi) September 16, 2022
Shettima has warned us himself that their regime will be as friendly as that of Abacha. Whatever we choose to do with this information is our call and whoever is still in support regardless, knows what they are doing and are deliberate about it all.
Our lives are at stake.
— Maxvayshia™ 🇦🇺🇳🇬 (@maxvayshia) September 16, 2022
Again, Shettima is giving everyone massive pointers on where he thinks Nigeria should be… In the very past!!
A combination of Abacha, Buhari, and Babangida in one man is a recipe for extinction.
But this time, we might not survive long enough to actually weigh the outcomes.
— Saidu Imran 🇳🇬🇳🇬🇳🇬 (@Saidu_im) September 16, 2022
Of all the Nigeria's 'heroes past', it's only Abacha Shettima could think of? Imagine the combination of "Abacha's hospitality" and "Buhari's commitment".#DangerousSignal 🚨
— Ayemojubar (@ayemojubar) September 16, 2022