Vice President Kashim Shettimma has called on lawmakers to make Nigeria work, stressing that they are the representatives of the people.
Shettima stated this on Friday while speaking at a retreat hosted by the National Assembly leadership in Ikot-Ekpene, Akwa Ibom State.
The Vice President noted that lawmakers are fortunate to lead the nation, and urged them to work to make the country better. He added that Nigeria has a critical role to play in global affairs and therefore cannot afford to fail the black race.
“We are the luckiest among Nigerians; we are not better than our next-door neighbour. Yesterday, I hosted my classmate from the University of Ibadan, the MSc class of 1991,” he said.
“The best graduating student in my class was one Oladipo. Oladipo is languishing as a DGM in one mediocre bank. He was the best graduating student, and that goes to show that we are here not because we are the best of the best.”
“We are the representatives of our people, we are the representatives of the black men; that is the burden we carry. If Nigeria fails, the black man has failed, let us make Nigeria work,” Shettima maintained.
Further advising the lawmakers to use caution when exercising their power, the vice president emphasized that they had been given it for the benefit of the Nigerian people.
“Power is a gift from God. We are going to spend more of our lives outside power than in power. Power to me is a humbling experience. Power should be used for the good of the people,” he told the gathering.