2023: I’ll take care of security, while Tinubu will take care of the economy if elected: APC VP candidate

The vice-presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), kashim shetimahe said he will focus on combating insecurity in the country if the ruling party is elected in next year’s presidential election. Shettima, who was a panelist at the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Annual General Conference that just concluded in Lagos on Monday, said he would personally lead the Nigerian military against criminals while its director, Bola Tinubu, would oversee the economy. . “I have been in the theater of conflict for 18 years, I will lead the troops, my principal is an economic wizard who has transformed Lagos into the third largest economy in Africa. He will concentrate on the economy. “By the grace of God, I will take care of security, and I will not only take care of security, I will lead troops into battle across this country,” he said. Can the president lead the troops? Mr. Shettima’s comment, which has been interpreted to mean that he will act as commander-in-chief if elected vice president, a role that is the constitutional preserve of the president or acting president, has left Nigerians on social media wondering if he will usurp the role of his director, Mr. Tinubu. According to Section 130(2) of the 1999 Constitution, the President of Nigeria has sole authority as Commander-in-Chief of the country’s armed forces and not as his deputy. Apart from the Section mentioned above, PREMIUM TIMES can confirm that no section empowers a VP to lead a troop of any number or size. Chukwunomso Ogbe, a political analyst and lawyer, noted that it is out of his place as a vice-presidential candidate to aspire to the high right of a president. He argued that the former governor of Borno can only do what he said if his director, Mr. Tinubu, voluntarily passed on that power to him, but not because of his mere expression of passion to serve. The role of the VP is subordinate to the office of the president. In other words, he can play the role of president in his absence, even giving military orders to execute. “If you have a Vice President who is ready and willing to take proactive security measures to protect citizens and then you have a President who is not comfortable with that idea, that Vice President’s idea will never work because he is a constitutionally recognized commander. in chief That is the provision of the law. “With all due respect to what the APC vice-presidential candidate said, his statement is laudable but is still subject to the will and whims of the president if his party wins the election. “It doesn’t matter if you have military experience or not, a civilian, by virtue of his position, is entitled to some privileges. One of them is the title of commander in chief and nothing prevents him from participating in military exercises or functions. Whether he has military experience or not, it’s a different ball game. “For Shettima, he is only running for a vice president position and even if they were to win this election, he can only be second in command and not commander in chief. Only a president, as a civilian, can make this kind of statement with passion,” he told PREMIUM TIMES. Another lawyer, Tunji Abayomi, said the APC vice-presidential candidate’s statement is being taken out of context. He described Mr. Shettima’s statement as grossly exaggerated inappropriate noise to discredit his candidacy. “Your thoughts are mere propositions and contemplations. Constitutionally, he can be accepted and rejected by the commander in chief. That’s number one and I’m pretty sure he talked about his responsibility to his commander in chief, the director of him. “The second is that there is so much noise about nothing in my opinion. People say that he is laying the groundwork to seize power. I think that is an undue exaggeration. Let us even suppose that he will be the commander in chief. When a commander is under another commander in chief, the command of the commander becomes irrelevant. We have nothing to worry about. Delusions of Grandeur – PDP Asked for comment on Thursday, the spokesman for the main opposition Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) presidential campaign, Daniel Bwala, described Shettima’s comment as “a perfect picture of delusions of grandeur.” He dismissed the possibility that a civilian would ever lead Nigerian troops and mocked the APC vice-presidential candidate’s stance. “That is a perfect image of delusions of grandeur. Why would a civilian say that he will lead the troops? If he’s as passionate as he says he is, why didn’t he lead his troops as governor when the Chibok girls were kidnapped? “As a sitting governor, he ignored all security reports and advice not to hold the May/June 2014 West Africa Review Council (WAEC) in Chibok,” Bwala said. He accused the ruling party of cheating, adding that Shettima’s statement is a point about the type of government the party intends to run if elected in 2023. “Without crediting the statement to his director, his statement means that he is the de facto president, while Tinubu is just a placeholder. “It gives an impression of insubordination and the kind of deceitful government that APC intends to run if elected in 2023,” he told this newspaper. APC presidential campaign spokesman Festus Keyamo did not return calls and text messages when contacted by PREMIUM TIMES for comment on Thursday. Read More Related News Here Let here it in the comment below if you do have an opinion on this; 2023: I’ll take care of security, while Tinubu will take care of the economy if elected: APC VP candidate