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I’ll let Nigerians know my decision on 2023 presidency after Lent, Ramadan – Fayemi

FOLLOWING speculations now trailing his continued intention to run for the office of president in the 2023 General elections, Ekiti State Governor and Chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF), Dr Olukayode Fayemi has said he will make known his intentions on running for the office after the Easter and Ramadan seasons. 

Fayemi disclosed this last night in a conversation with Prime Business Africa, an online news platform, following recent declarations by former Lagos State Governor Ahmed Bola Tinubu and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, all from his South-West region. 

He said, “I have received a lot of phone calls from the media in the last few days asking whether I would be running for the office of the President in 2023. But I would make my intentions known at the appropriate time, obviously not in this spiritually critical season of Lent and Ramadan. 

“This is the Lenten season for Christians, a period they regard so highly; and, with all sense of humility, those who are close to me know that I’m deeply spiritual. For our Muslim brothers, this is also the crucial Ramadan period.   

“Yes, it is obvious that this is also an important political season, but I really would consider myself as being overly insensitive to God and to Nigerians if I would ignore the sensibilities of our two major faiths (Islam and Christianity), whose adherents are in deep spiritual reflection, by making such a political declaration during such an important spiritual season.  

“Let’s wait until after this spiritual season; Nigerians will hear from me, but first things first,’’ Fayemi added.   Asked to comment on declarations by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, and former Lagos State Governor, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the NGF Chairman declined, saying: “I have no comments on that; it’s about choices. I will speak to Nigerians once the seasons of Lent and Ramadan are over. For now, let’s continue to work and pray for our families and our great country, Nigeria. In a few weeks’ time, the spiritual season would be over.”

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