Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo on Thursday held a closed door meeting with Vice-President-elect, Kashim Shettima, after which he took his guest on a familiarization tour of the Vice-President’s wing of the Aso Rock Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The familiarisation tour took place four days before Osinbajo, along with President Muhammadu Buhari, hands over to the new administration.
Speaking to State House Correspondents after the meeting, Shettima said: “On the instance of the Vice-President, who is a friend, a contemporary, I came here just to exchange ideas on how to move the nation forward.
“He took me round the offices out of courtesy and I want to commend him, I want to thank him for extending that courtesy to me. Yes, it was cross fertilization of ideas.”
Asked how soon Nigerians should expect the impact of the Tinubu-Shettima Presidency, he replied: “I believe President Tinubu will hit the ground running from day one. He does not have the luxury of time.
“And I will be the Vice-President. I don’t want to be presumptuous, I don’t want to make loud proclamation but my interaction with him has shown that we will hit the ground running from day one.”
The Vice-President-elect described his conferment with the national honour if Grand Commander of the Order of the Niger (GCON) by President Muhammadu Buhari earlier in the day as humbling, historical experience.
“We are what we are not because of our intellect, not because of our physical prowess, not because of our pedigree or political sagacity. It’s just a gift from God to humanity, four years or eight years in this time.
“I believe it is a humbling experience, is a call to national duty and by God’s grace we need the support of all of you, especially the media to succeed.
“So, I wish to implore all of you to join us in building a new Nigeria”, he said.