Vice President Kashim Shettima’s recent comments regarding Atiku Abubakar, the 2023 presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), have stirred a range of reactions from the public.
In a significant ruling by the Presidential Election Petitions Court, it was affirmed that All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate Tinubu rightfully won the election, dismissing Atiku’s petition challenging his victory.
After this verdict, Shettima playfully teased Atiku, assuring that the APC wouldn’t retire him to luxurious destinations like Dubai or Morocco. Instead, Shettima suggested Atiku’s retirement to Kombina, where he could spend his days tending to goats and chickens. In a more serious tone, Shettima acknowledged Atiku as an elder statesman, expressing great respect for his political and life experience.
Shettima also took the opportunity to apologize to those he may have offended during and after the campaign, emphasizing that politics is a realm of strategy rather than emotions.
Following Shettima’s comments, the public shared their diverse opinions on the microblogging platform X:
@Riverhems questioned the appropriateness of a leader’s words that might threaten national peace, highlighting the transient nature of power.
@mahmoud_gml saw Shettima’s comment as a light-hearted exchange between Fulani and Kanuri and requested not to rush to judgment.
@cogonnaya found Shettima’s statement “insane and savage” and pointed out that Atiku is an industrialist with known sources of wealth.
@ERN_Insider observed that Atiku’s popularity in Nigeria could lead to offense among his supporters due to Shettima’s statement.
@Gidtobar commented on the unusual humor surrounding the situation.
@softbadasss acknowledged Shettima’s remark as a display of political wit and toughness.
@OKWYtycoon humorously refrained from getting involved in the family affairs of politicians.
@SteveCypha playfully mentioned Atiku’s future presidential aspirations.
@Chrisneche12 expressed astonishment at a vice president’s comments and questioned the support such statements received.
These reactions reflect the diverse perspectives on Shettima’s jest and the dynamics of Nigerian politics.