I will form my cabinet solely on competence ― Tinubu –

Taiwo Amodu – Abuja

President-elect Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu announced that ability and character will determine who enters his cabinet.

Tinubu made the statement in a statement he signed himself on Thursday titled “Nigeria: On the cusp of hope for rebirth.”

He declared that it was time for politics to take a back seat and govern, noting that only those who shared his vision of good governance could make his national blueprint a reality.

He said: “As your president-elect, I accept the task that is set before me. People have been talking about a government of national unity. My aim is higher than that. I seek a government with national capacity. In choosing my government I am not weighed down by considerations that have nothing to do with ability and performance.

“The days of political games are long gone. I will convene capable men, women and young people across Nigeria to build a safer, more prosperous and more just Nigeria. There should be young people. Women stand out. Yours Whether faith leads you to pray in church or a mosque will not determine your place in government. Character and ability will.

“Securing our nation and making it prosperous must be our top priority. We cannot sacrifice these goals for political expediency. The whims of politics must give way to the imperatives of governance.

“We are not just building bridges and roads for commerce and tourism, but connecting people of different faiths, parties and viewpoints for harmonious dialogue and common purpose. We are to feed families, not only to end hunger, but also to foster enlightenment, Civic responsibility and compassion. We create jobs, not just to put people to work, but to provide a better standard of living that improves families and communities and deepens democracy. We replenish water not only to quench thirst, but to inspire A thirst for creativity and better solutions to societal challenges.

“We have a nation to protect, and we want to eliminate danger, even the fear of danger. May we all live in the light of peace and the light of growing prosperity.”

Tinubu reiterated his vow to run an economy with “double-digit GDP growth, enhanced food security, strengthened manufacturing base and a vibrant digital economy where young people will have room to realize their dreams and ambition.

“I realized that I was a servant of a larger purpose. So, I went straight to work. My team and I were involved in discussions and meetings every day, refining our ideas and policy solutions so that we could deliver on our first day in office. Start working actively for the common good one day. This great project called Nigeria beckons us all.”

The President-elect further assured the opposition that he will lead a government where all Nigerians, regardless of their party affiliation, feel a sense of belonging.

“This great project called Nigeria beckons to all of us. I ask that we work together as Nigerians for Nigeria. Those who voted for me, I ask you to continue to believe in our national policies and programs. I also ask you to contact To those brothers and sisters who did not vote like you. Reach out to them a hand of friendship, reconciliation and unity.

“To those who did not vote for me, I ask you to believe in the capabilities of Nigeria and your fellow citizens, even those who voted differently than you. The better Nigeria I seek is not just for me and my supporters. It is equally is yours.

“I do not ask you to give up your political preferences. That would be undemocratic. I implore you to answer the call of patriotic duty as loyal opposition.

“Remain true to the cause of a greater, more tolerant and just Nigeria. I, too, will remain faithful to that goal.”

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