Former ministerial nominee Maryam Shettima, better known as Maryam Shetty, has said she is proud to have been considered for the position in the first place.
President Bola Tinubu on Friday replaced Shettima with Mariya Mahmoud, her former classmate.
Shettima learnt of the withdrawal when she arrived at the Senate in high spirits for screening.
In a statement on Saturday, she said she would not allow the incident stop her from believing in the country.
She also expressed gratitude to Tinubu and Vice President Kashim Shettima.
“I have found myself at the centre of a pivotal moment in Nigeria’s political landscape. President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, in a move that brought me immense honour, chose me as a ministerial nominee,” she began.
“Coming from the traditional, conservative regions of northern Nigeria, this represented a significant stride towards a more inclusive national representation.
“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.
“Even with this unexpected twist, my gratitude to President Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu for considering me for such an esteemed position remains undiminished. 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.