Outgoing Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, on Thursday, took the Vice President-elect Kashim Shettima on a comprehensive tour of the Vice President’s Wing of the Presidential Villa, as part of a familiarisation exercise.
Following a meeting by the duo, Shettima spoke to State House Correspondents, expressing his intentions to exchange ideas and collaborate with Osinbajo in advancing the nation.
He praised the Vice President for his courtesy in personally showing him around the offices, emphasising the importance of cross-pollination of ideas.
“On the instance of Vice President, who is a friend, a contemporary, I came here just to exchange ideas on how to move the nation forward.
“He took me round the offices out of courtesy and I want to commend him, I want to thank him for extending that courtesy to me. Yes, cross fertilisation of ideas.”
When asked about the expected impact of the Tinubu-Shettima Presidency and the timeline for its manifestation, the incoming Vice President sserted his belief that President Bola Tinubu would hit the ground running immediately.
Acknowledging the urgency of the situation, he mentioned his own role as Vice President and refrained from making grandiose statements, but affirmed his confidence in their collective ability to swiftly initiate action.
“I believe President Tinubu will hit the ground running from day one. He does not have the luxury of time. And I will be the Vice President I don’t want to be presumptuous, I don’t want to make loud proclamation but my interaction with him has shown that we will hit the ground running from day one,” he stated.
Regarding the recent conferment of a national honour of GCON on him, he expressed gratitude, describing it as a humbling and historic experience.
He highlighted the divine aspect of human accomplishments, emphasising that their positions were not solely attributable to intellect, physical prowess, lineage, or political astuteness.
Recognising the call to national duty, he called upon the support of the media, especially emphasising their vital role in their collective pursuit of building a new Nigeria.
He also urged all individuals, including media personnel, to join them in their endeavors to shape a transformed nation, emphasizing the significance of unity and cooperation in achieving their goals.