All Progressives Congress presidential candidate Bola Tinubu said Sunday afternoon in Kano that he would devote 100% of his time and energy to serving Nigerians if elected.
This was as the former Governor of Lagos State mocked People’s Democratic Party presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar, promising that he would not be a part-time president who would spend 50% of his time leading the country from Dubai.
This was contained in a statement released in Abuja by Tinubu Media Officer Tunde Rahman shortly after his interactive session with members of the popular Tijjaniyyah sect in Kano.
The statement read in part: “I will not be a part-time president who splits his time between living in Dubai and Nigeria. I would focus my attention and energy on confronting and overcoming Nigeria’s pressing challenges.
Tinubu’s mockery came just two months after his running mate, Senator Kashim Shettima, described the former vice president as a political tourist who only returns to the country every election cycle.
While referring to Atiku as a father he held in high esteem, Shettima said Nigerians wanted a leader whose value and output could be felt at home.
Endorsing Tinubu’s ambition on Sunday, the Tijjaniyyah sect demanded that its presidency ensure inclusion of their members in cabinet and other government appointments, reduction of Hajj fares and assistance in concluding University Tijjaniyyah under construction in Kano.
Responding, Tinubu said the answers to their request were in his manifesto, which was unveiled on Friday by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (Retired).
While assuring business leaders in the North of a better business environment with well-thought-out policies, Tinubu identified the link between Kano as a center of commerce and his economic plan for Nigeria.
He said: “There is a strong connection between Kano’s place as a center of prosperity and my plan for Nigeria. What I promise is a renewed economy that will renew the hope of our people. Our country needs multiple centers of prosperity, and we intend to achieve this by adding value in all sectors of our economy.
“As I said during my speech at Arewa House on Monday, Nigeria is sitting on a goldmine. There is no state in Nigeria that lacks one resource or another. We We are determined to explore and exploit these resources for the maximum benefit of our people. Kano, for example, has enormous agricultural potential and significant mineral resources under its soil such as gold, silver, nickel, tin ore and columbite Each of these elements, if properly mined, can make a significant contribution to our economy as a country.