President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has withdrawn the nomination of a nominee from Kano State, Dr Maryam Shetty. Just before her screening before the Red Chamber, He replaced her with Mariya Mahmoud who is also from Kano State. No reason was given for the decision to replace her name with Mahmoud’s. The President also nominated Festus Keyamo, the former spokesperson for the Bola Tinubu Presidential Campaign Council.
On Wednesday, 2nd August 2023, President Bola Tinubu had sent an additional list of 19 names of Ministerial Nominees to complement the previously sent 28 nominees. According to a report by the PUNCH on Thursday, the Ministerial Nomination of Maryam Shetty from Kano State by President Bola Tinubu on the 2nd of August had continued to generate mixed reactions from Nigerian citizens on social media, particularly Twitter.
Speaking on the withdrawal, Maryam Shetty, who is a member of the APC (All Progressives Congress) said the best is yet to come as the withdrawal of her Ministerial Nomination by President Bola Tinubu is a Divine Will and not a setback. After the dramatic turn of events, Maryam Shetty said in a statement on Saturday 5th August, “Life, with its characteristic unpredictability, led to the withdrawal of my nomination”.
According to her statement posted on her verified Facebook page, Maryam Shetty said “I have found myself at the center of a pivotal moment in Nigeria’s political landscape. President Bola Ahmed Tinubu in a move that brought me immense honor, chose me as a Ministerial Nominee. Coming from the traditional, conservative Regions of Northern Nigeria, this represented a significant stride towards a more inclusive National Representation.
“The sheer joy and pride I felt at my nomination were beyond words. It was a validation of my capabilities, a nod to my vision, and a sign that our great Nation was ready to embrace a future where young women, like me, even from the most traditional parts of Nigeria, can hold positions of influence and power”.
“Yet, life, with its characteristic unpredictability, led to the withdrawal of my nomination. To some, this could seem like a setback, but my faith as a devout Muslim guided my understanding. I saw it as the Divine Will of Allah, who I believe grants power as He wishes when He wishes. His plans are always superior to ours.
“Even with this unexpected twist, my gratitude to President Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu for considering me for such an esteemed position remains undiminished. The journey doesn’t end here; I believe this is a mere stepping stone, and the best is yet to come. My resolve to serve my beloved country, Nigeria, in any capacity I can, is stronger than ever.
“I would like to assure my incredible supporters that this is not an end, it is the dawn of a new era. I urge all of us to continue praying for our nation and to stand behind our President as he strives to better Nigeria.
“My nomination may have been withdrawn, but my hope is unwavering. As I have often stated, “Hope is not lost; maybe I will come back again.”
Part of this report was also sourced from Vanguardngr.
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