Former Gov Kashim Shettima apologies to Osinbajo for calling him 'ice-cream man'

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A former governor of Borno State, Kashim Shettima, has backtracked on his last week's comment about Nigerian Vice-president, Prof Yemi Osinbajo and Senate President Ahmad Lawan.

During his appearance on Channels Television on 3 May, Shettima described Osinbajo and Lawan as "nice men" who "should be selling popcorn and ice cream."

The former governor, a supporter of the leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, will make a better President.

His remark has attracted reactions from within and outside his political party, forcing him to issue a correctional statement.

Professor Yemi Osinbajo
Professor Yemi Osinbajo

Shettima cleared the air in a tweet on his verified Twitter page on Sunday, explaining that his statement was not to
"ridicule but, rather, to stir up interest in the contrasting virtues of the cast of aspirants putting up a fight against my preferred aspirant".

The APC Stewart said his words were interpreted "literally and overblown."

He tweeted, "When I appeared on Channels TV last Thursday amidst the tension rippling through our political arena, it was to underline the promise of Bola Tinubu's presidential bid held for those yet to establish the certainty of the hurdle ahead of the APC presidential primary.

"I never set out to denigrate the personality of any aspirant, and definitely not that of my dear friends and allies. None of them is an opponent, so their aspiration isn't a threat to us.

Ahmad Lawan
Ahmad Lawan

"They appear so in the sprint to become the party's presidential flag-bearer in the 2023 elections, but they are our allies in the marathon.

"My assessments of the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, and Ahmad Lawan, were well-intentioned.

"I never set out to subject them to ridicule but, rather, to stir up interest in the contrasting virtues of the cast of aspirants putting up a fight against my preferred aspirant, one most favoured and advantaged to guarantee APC's victory in the forthcoming presidential election."

Shettima added, "My words weren't woven to portray them as unworthy aspirants, but merely to qualify them as non-threatening contenders.

"I, however, take full responsibility for my utterances and wish to appeal to our teeming supporters to neither take my words out of their metaphoric contexts nor interpret them as a measure and declaration of hostility towards my dear friends and allies.

"I hereby tender my unreserved apologies to the Vice President and the President of the Senate for the unintended pains my jibes might have caused them and their families and supporters.

"As we approach the finishing line of this tense political race, I'm not unaware of who the actual opponents are.
A divided house, even if in the assumptions and imaginations of supporters with a distant grasp of our relationships with other aspirants, is the last impression we wish to create among Nigerians.

"I want this to be taken as an appeal to our supporters across all political camps to build bridges and mend fences as the actual journey is just about to begin. Victory, for the discerning, has always been the first lap of the race."

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