By Fowewe Abdullateef
The Nigerian President-elect, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has been conferred with National honor of Grand Commander of the Order of the Federal Republic (GCFR), while the Vice-President-elect Kashim Settima was honored with the Grand Commander of the Order of the Niger (GCON), by President Muhammad Buhari at the presidential villa in Abuja.
During the event, the president-elect said he understands the meaning of the honor and the task ahead, and vowed not to disappoint Nigerians.
“I am a simple man who is the beneficiary of the support and goodwill of the people of Nigeria. The people have put their trust in us. You have done your part, Mr. President.
“Now, that great duty descends on me. I understand the meaning of the honour given to me today and of the task that awaits.
Tinubu’s statement read: “I must run this race and must do it well. On security, the economy, agriculture, jobs, education, health and power and in all other sectors we must make headway. The people deserve no less. In this, I shall disappoint neither them nor you, Mr President.”
He thanked Buhari for conferring the national honours on him and the Vice President-elect, Kashim Shettima, who got the Grand Commander of the Niger (GCON) title.
He added that the President’s devotion to progressive and democratic good governance is unassailable.
Tinubu also hailed President Buhari for honouring the late MKO Abiola, winner of the annulled June 12, 1993, presidential election.
“One such decision was to recognise the injustice of the annulment of the 1993 election, to designate June as Democracy Day, and to bestow the nation’s highest honour on the late MKO Abiola.
“As much as anyone could, you reached back into history to set the record straight and heal a festering wound.”