I don’t envy Buhari – Fashola


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Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola says he does not envy those that have held or intend to hold the position of Nigeria’s president because of the enormous responsibilities involved.

Fashola stated this during a Friday night appearance on Channels Television’s ‘Hard Copy’, where he was asked if he was planning to vie for the presidency in 2023.

According to the former Lagos governor, being president “is a very tough responsibility, a very tough job”.

He added, “I don’t envy those who have held that office and I don’t envy those who aspire to take it as well.”

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Asked about the presidential ambition of the National Leader of All Progressives Congress (APC), he urged Nigerians to wait for January to know the answer.

“I saw him (Tinubu) last week, he didn’t tell me he is running for office and to the best of my knowledge, the last statement he made on it is that people will know in January,” the minister said.

Asked if he’s speaking for any 2023 presidential aspirant, Fashola said, “As far as I am aware, nobody has said, ‘I want to be Nigeria’s President’. There are people speaking for people. Nobody has come out, we are not at that stage yet.

“I can’t venture out and say that I will speak for X or Y. Let the person come out and say, ‘I want to serve Nigeria’. It pains me sometimes when we see that very important job and responsibility to, ‘My people said’. I think the whole sense of it should be that, ‘I am able, I have looked at myself, give me your problem, you go to sleep’.”

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