Ministerial list: I’m still willing to serve Nigeria — Shetty

Dr Maryam Shetty, a former ministerial nominee from Kano State, has said she is still willing to serve the country despite the withdrawal of her nomination by President Bola Tinubu.

Senate President Godswill Akpabio announced on Friday before the screening of ministerial nominees that President Tinubu had withdrawn the nomination of Shetty and replaced her with Mariya Mahmoud who is also from Kano state.

It was gathered that Shetty learned of the development when she arrived at the national assembly complex for the screening.

In a statement on Saturday, Shetty said the nomination brought her immense honour and pride.

She also appreciated the president for considering her for a ministerial position saying that even with the unexpected twist, the journey does not end for her.

“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.”

“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.”

“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 said.

She further expressed her commitment to the nation, while urging her supporters to pray and stand behind the president.

“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“My nomination may have been withdrawn, but my hope is unwavering.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,” she added.