Shettima Yerima: Tinubu Destined To Be A Kingmaker, Not A King

Shettima Yerima: Tinubu Destined To Be A Kingmaker, Not A

Alhaji Shettima Yerima, President of Arewa Youth
Consultative Forum has said recent developments in the
polity, especially the fall-out of the #EndSARS protests has
shown that the likes of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, former
governor of Lagos and national leader of the ruling All
Progressives Congress (APC) are not needed as
contestants in the 2023 presidential election.
Speaking in an interview with Oniftv Yerima
who reiterated his earlier position that anyone above 70
years shouldn’t contest the presidential election in 2023
however said he will wait for Tinubu to make an official
declaration on his presidential ambition before making his
position known.
While attesting to the fact that Tinubu has done a lot in
raising and mentoring younger leaders among whom are
Vice-President, Governors, Ministers, Senators and others,
he said Tinubu may be destined to be a kingmaker and not
a king.
His words “The way the game is; as smart as he (Tinubu) is,
and from what we saw from the distance, though some of
us are privileged to be around him too, it is clear that he is
not needed as it is today.
“People like him are not needed in 2023. So, you cannot
continue to force yourself that this must be. Even though, let
me not begin to put the cart before the horse because he
has not even declared that he is contesting”.
So, for some of us, we have chosen to reserve our
comments and wait until he declares. Then we will tell him
exactly what we feel about him. But as it is today, there is
no need overstretching ourselves ; let him declare his
presidential ambition first”.
“I see him as one of those elder statesmen who have made
positive impacts in the lives of the younger generation. He
has made a lot of people and today, we can point and say
these are things he has done especially to younger ones
who were opportune to work under him. He has elevated
them politically and they are doing well in different fields”.
“We can mention several governors, senators, ministers and
others out of his goodwill. How many Nigerians do we have
today that can point out what positive things they have done
in the lives of their people?”
” So, take it or leave it, he has done his best in raising
younger leaders”.
“But sometimes in life again, there are those who make
kings but they themselves cannot be king. Probably it is his
destiny. He can make kings but he cannot be king. But there
is nothing wrong in that because you can be father to the

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