Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola has dismissed rumors circulating on social media that he will be the Chief of Staff to President-elect, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.
In an exclusive interview with Channels TV’s Sunday Politics, Fashola termed the rumors as “extremely ridiculous.”
News About Nigeria reports that he said he is unlikely to take up the role again after serving as Tinubu’s Chief of Staff for four and a half years when Tinubu was the governor of Lagos State.
Fashola also urged Nigerians to desist from choosing government officials on social media, saying that the country is the largest black nation on earth and that such actions were unnecessary and unpatriotic.
He called on Nigerians to respect the prerogative of the President-elect to constitute his team, saying that the country should learn from how the US handled the election of President Biden.
Responding to questions about Tinubu’s health, Fashola confirmed that he had spoken to him recently and that Tinubu was doing well.
He said that Tinubu was taking some time off to rest after running a marathon campaign, which he likened to a sprint.
Fashola also noted that Tinubu is a highly connected person and is likely to be doing a lot of networking and building relationships that would be useful to his government.
“Bola that Tinubu I know will also be doing networking, there is no idle moment in his life. He overworked himself, I know he will be doing lots of networking, meeting people, planning ahead, building relationships that will be useful to his government internationally and he is a highly connected person. Tinubu is okay medically,” he said.