Maryam Shetty, a nominee for a ministerial position, expressed her belief that the withdrawal of her nomination by President Bola Tinubu was the will of Allah.
The unexpected move occurred on Friday when Tinubu decided to replace her with Mariya Mahmoud, also hailing from Kano state.
The president’s decision was conveyed to the senate just before the scheduled screening of ministerial candidates. As reported by TheCable, Shetty learned about the development when she arrived at the national assembly complex for the screening, leaving her surprised and disappointed.
The QUEST TIMES in an exclusive report revealed Shetty’s removal was as a result of a power play between new APC National Chairman Dr Abdullahi Ganduje and Seyi Tinubu, the influential son of President Bola Tinubu, where Ganduje came out on top.
Despite the setback, Shetty released a statement on Saturday expressing her gratitude for the initial nomination, which brought her immense honor. Undeterred by the reversal, she remained optimistic, stating that her “best is yet to come.” She further reaffirmed her commitment to serving the country in any capacity, demonstrating her resilience and dedication to contributing to the nation’s progress.
“The sheer joy and pride I felt at my nomination were beyond words. It was a validation of my capabilities, a nod to my vision, and a sign that our great nation was ready to embrace a future where young women like me, even from the most traditional parts of Nigeria, can hold positions of influence and power,” she said.
“Yet, life, with its characteristic unpredictability, led to the withdrawal of my nomination. To some, this could seem like a setback, but my faith as a devout Muslim guided my understanding. I saw it as the divine will of Allah, who I believe grants power as He wishes, when He wishes. His plans are always superior to ours.”
She expressed her gratitude to Tinubu for considering her for such an “esteemed position”, saying that even with the unexpected twist, the journey does not end for her.
“The journey doesn’t end here; I believe this is a mere stepping stone, the best is yet to come. My resolve to serve my beloved country, Nigeria, in any capacity I can, is stronger than ever,” she added.
“I would like to assure my incredible supporters that this is not an end, it is the dawn of a new era I urge all of us to continue praying for our nation and to stand behind our president as he strives to better Nigeria. Together, let’s press ahead united under our #WEBELIEVE campaign.
“My nomination may have been withdrawn, but my hope is unwavering. As I have often stated, ‘Hope is not lost; maybe I will come back again.’
“This phase of my life has instilled in me a deeper sense of resilience, faith, and the value of service beyond titles and positions. It has reaffirmed my belief in the potential for change and in the inherent greatness of Nigeria. The dream is still alive, and my commitment to our nation remains steadfast.”