Tinubu: Government does not exist to assuage egos of religious leaders, says Keyamo

Festus Keyamo

Minister of Aviation and Aerospace Development, Festus Keyamo

The Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo (SAN), on Monday, said a government does not exist to assuage the egos of religious leaders.

Keyamo stated this while defending same-faith tickets and the choice of a former Governor of Borno State, Kashim Shettima, as running mate to the standard flag bearer of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu.

Using his verified Twitter account, Keyamo said: “Government doesn’t exist to assuage the egos of religious leaders, but to bring about development for everyone. Today, most religious leaders in Nigeria go to Dubai and the USA for shopping & holidays when the UAE is governed by Muslims & the USA is governed by Christians

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“There’s no country in the world where history tells us that its development was as a result of ‘balanced’ presidential tickets (in terms of religion) over the years; countries developed as a result of visionary leadership and not because they pandered to some religious sentiments.”

Keyamo had earlier described the choice of a former Governor of Borno State, Kashim Shettima, as running mate to the standard flag bearer of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, as perfect.

He said: “Quintessential banker and economist, suave gentleman and politician, intellectually fertile, economically sound, intergenerational mobile (he’s young, yet experienced), fiercely loyal, phenomenally complementary to @officialABAT; Sen. Kashim Shettima is the perfect choice as VP.”

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