Months after begging Shettima’s wife for ₦2m, Tinubu’s wife says ‘family doesn’t need Nigeria’s wealth to survive’

The wife of the President-elect Oluremi Tinubu has said her family is blessed and does not need Nigeria’s wealth to survive.

Remi stated this at the National Christian Centre, Abuja, during the 2023 Presidential Inauguration Inter-Denominational Service.

Observers are, however, saying what the incoming first lady said contradicted her words few months ago when she publicly stated that she begged the wife of her husband’s running mate, Nana Shettima, for N2 million in February in the build-up to the 2023 presidential election.

Remi had stated that her husband, the president-elect, Bola Tinubu, was only generous and compassionate and not wealthy as many people must have thought.

“God has been merciful to us. I can tell you on my own that we never believed this could happen. But thank God for giving us hope, for giving us the resilience to continue in the race of life,” she said on Sunday.

“Asiwaju is 71, and I will be 63. I bet I will be one of the oldest first ladies Nigeria would have. We need the grace of God, and we need everyone to do what Nigerians are expecting.” she said.

She also said that the country must be united at this period, adding that her husband’s Inauguration, which is the seventh since 1999, signifies perfection.

“Nigeria’s wealth is the commonwealth of all. It belongs to everyone. God has blessed my family. We don’t need the wealth of Nigeria to survive but to do the right thing. And I promise you on this altar, that with your help, with the help of God, who will set this nation on the right path,” she added.

The church service was also attended by the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, former Head of State Yakubu Gowon, Secretary to the Government of the Federation Boss Mustapha, and senator-elect Godswill Akpabio, among other dignitaries.