Economic Challenges: I Take Responsibility For The Nation – Tinubu

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President Bola Ahmed Tinubu on Wednesday declared that he takes full responsibility for the present economic challenges Nigeria is facing, saying that the country will survive the challenges as there is going to be light at the end of the tunnel.

This was as he said that his administration is working to ensure that Nigeria is reformed for greater efficiency with a particular emphasis on systematically inculcating fairness and equity in all aspects of national life.

Tinubu, who stated these while addressing Afenifere leaders at the residence of Pa Reuben Fasoranti in Akure, Ondo State, assured of his commitment to leading Nigeria towards economic and social prosperity.

In the words of Tinubu; “We are meeting our obligations to the international community. To lenders, we have not defaulted, and we are not going to default. We are navigating the twists and bends on the road to Nigeria’s prosperity”.

On reforming Nigeria, President Tinubu said his task will be to ensure fiscal and true federalism, as well as the broad-based manifestation of the philosophy of “what is sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander”.

The President acknowledged the understanding and support of all Nigerians in the face of the tough but temporary economic conditions and assured that their patience and perseverance will not be fruitless.

In his words; “The economic challenges we have endured since assuming office are not new to me. As the former governor of Lagos State, I faced similar calls for my resignation. But, through perseverance, Lagos emerged as the fifth largest economy in the entire continent of Africa. We must manage this moment with wisdom and grow Nigeria responsibly.

“I campaigned for this office to serve Nigeria’s interests, and I was elected. Some said I would not last in the tribunal and came up with all sorts of predictions, but even when in court, I remained focused.

“We cannot allow Nigeria’s economy to be exploited. We cannot abandon our economy to marauders. I am determined to re-engineer our finances and curb selfish interests permanently,” he stated.

Speaking on behalf of Afenifere, Pa Olu Falae, a former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), who read the address of Pa Fasoranti, commended President Tinubu for his commitment to Nigeria’s progress and expressed support for his administration’s efforts.

“You have kept your word to return to this place where we all prayed for you, and this shows that you are a man of your word,” he said.

Pa Fasoranti asked Tinubu to be fair and courageous, declaring that such traits were the hallmark of the Afenifere family.

According to him; “Today, you are carrying our flag. We are noted for integrity, competence, fairness, and courage. Your performance so far has shown that you understand the full gravity of your mandate, which is to show the Nigerian people that a good government is possible”.

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