A member of the House of Representatives, Shamsudeen Dambazau, has said that All Progressives Congress presidential candidate Bola Tinubu is physically fit to be president, urging Nigerians to vote for him in the upcoming general election.
According to Dambazau, who represents the Takai/Sumaila federal constituency in Kano state in the House, Tinubu has shown his aptitude by dancing to ‘Buga’, a hit song by Nigerian pop singer Kizz Daniel, which has his unique dance style.
A number of prominent Nigerians including Vice President Professor Yemi Osinbajo have been seen singing and dancing to the song in different forums, especially political campaign rallies.
The lawmaker, who is the son of former Army Chief of Staff and former Home Minister Lt. Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau (retired), while answering questions from journalists covering the House in Abuja on Thursday, was asked if he felt Tinubu was in working condition.
Responding, he said: “Tinubu is healthy. There is nothing wrong with him. If you remember last night, (Tinubu’s running mate) Kashim Shettima even mentioned that he (Shettima) is diabetic and has hypertension, but Bola Ahmed Tinubu does not have any ailments. He is very fit. Didn’t you see him dancing Buga? He’s fine. There’s nothing wrong with him.”
Dambazau urged the president, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (ret.), to set performance targets for service chiefs and other heads of security agencies, amid growing insecurity in the country.
According to him, setting the goal will allow the replacement of those in charge of security, if they fail to secure the country.
The lawmaker said in part: “Insecurity has been something that’s been rearing its ugly head since around 2008. It’s something that’s been ongoing, but I think we started to feel the bite around 2009 when (then-cult leader Islamist, Boko Haram ) Mohammed Yusuf was captured and handed over to the police and extrajudicially executed at that time.
“So, we have made progress now because I remember that between 2014 and the end of 2015… during that period, I refused to go to any Eid prayers. I used to go to Friday prayers. I stayed at home or went to the barracks to pray. But now, since around 2016, I have not missed any Eid prayers. I have not missed a Jumaat prayer. So that speaks volumes.”
The lawmaker recalled the various places attacked by terrorists in Abuja during the period, saying, “Now the insecurity has become something that is in isolated pockets, but it is still being addressed.”
And he added: “I think so far so good, this government has done very well. There is room for improvement. More can be done. I think people should be held accountable. Goals should be set, because if you don’t have a performance goal, then there’s no way to check back to see how well you’ve been doing.
“The security agencies have a task to perform. And that task is to secure the lives and property of Nigerians. If you’re not doing what you’re supposed to do, you should change yourself. This is how it should be for people to be at the top of their game.
“There is no sentiment at stake here, so the government is not playing. They have targets that have been given to security agencies to ensure Nigerians can exercise their right to vote and appoint leaders who they believe could take this country to the next phase that we want.”
Dambazau stressed the need for Nigerians to come together as a country and be in unison. He urged them to eliminate tribal sentiments and religious intolerance “and understand that the country is not just for us.”
He said in part: “Our leaders must understand that they must eat last. We need to raise the needs of the country. That is why I am here today to tell you, bluntly, that Bola Ahmed Tinubu is the man who is serious; he is the man who has the experience to deal with all these issues that concern Nigerians, whether they are trivial, contentious, sensitive… to be able to bring people together, to be able to quench all the tensions in different sectors, in different regions. from Nigeria.
“I promise you with the circumstances here, if you know the spoiler effect, then, you know, clearly, APC already won this election by the grace of God in February 2023.”
“All the issues that concern Nigerians are being addressed, have been addressed and will be addressed by the incoming government of Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Kashim Shettima. We will vote for a strong government that provides sound policies, stronger institutions and economic stability for Nigerians to prosper and enjoy the fruits of our land.”