Governor of Sokoto state, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal has disclosed that he has been under tremendous pressure to join the presidential race for the 2019 elections.
He told thousands of youths and students who stormed the Governor’s office in Sokoto to show appreciation on the involvement of youths in his administration that he was still making consultation because of his belief that leadership is a collective responsibility.
He said:” I’ve been under intense pressure from various quarters in Nigeria including leaders of the country and friends of Nigeria outside the country to seek the presidency.
“But leadership is a collective decision and I have never asked to be made a leader at anytime in my life. So,my aspiration will be determined by my people and after that,I will make my political decision known in a matter of days.
“We supported Muhammadu Buhari in 2015 to become President unconditionally and we admit that Buhari has personal integrity but that’s not the only requirement for leadership.
“We are aware that the President is besotted by serious challenges of health and is being held captive by a cabal that run Nigeria for their personal interests.”
On the way forward for the country, Governor Tambuwal told the youths that the future for a greater Nigeria lies with the younger generation, assuring them of his commitments to the welfare and empowerment of this group.
He reminded them that they are the leaders of tomorrow and that tomorrow is today for them to make the right choice on who leads the country.
“Someone recently referred to me as “a boy”, which is really a compliment that puts me on the side of youths, who are the strength of our nation,” he said.
The Governor enjoined the youths and particularly students among them to make sure that they participate in the National Youth Service Scheme, as his government would not accept anyone who refused to undergo the national service to our fatherland.