President Bola Tinubu has declared that his administration would certainly succeed in its effort to turn the country around and deliver on the expectations of Nigerians, who voted him into office.
Tinubu spoke yesterday at the opening of a three-day retreat organised for ministers, presidential aides, permanent secretaries, and top government officials at State House, Abuja. The theme of the retreat was, “Delivering on the Renewed Hope Agenda.”
Speaking at the retreat, Tinubu charged his ministers, advisers, aides, and other government officials to help in the realisation of the administration’s goals. He declared that he would spare no effort in achieving his bid to redeem Nigeria from its current state.
The president reminded participants at the event that everything needed to lift the country from its current condition was within the government’s disposal. And he vowed to deploy as much resources as were necessary to achieve this.
Tinubu told the gathering of cabinet members and friends of Nigeria, “It’s our country, we have no other one, let’s be proud that we’re Nigerians and we can do it, you can show leadership. We can fight to make democracy a lasting reference for the rest of Africa.
“Don’t be afraid to take decisions, but don’t be antagonistic of your supervisor. If they are wrong, debate it. I stand before you and I have claimed several occasions and I’m saying today again, as the president I can make mistakes, point it to me, I will resolve that conflict, that error. Perfection is only that of God Almighty.
“But you are there to help me succeed. Success, I must achieve, by all means necessary. We have great minds, great intellect and all that we need.”
The president also said he would not complain about the enormous task of piloting the country through economic and social recovery. He said he had accepted to inherit all the assets and liabilities of his predecessors.
According to him, “I accept the assets and liabilities of my predecessor, it is part of my professional background. You are in this ship, don’t wreck it. See the minister as part of a team that will navigate and take it out of troubled waters.”
The president mentioned the priority areas of his administration.
He stated, “Healthcare is priority, education is a must. No other weapon against poverty than education. You have the opportunity to change things.”
The president explained, “We are going through the reform, painfully, and we still have other challenges. Don’t be a clog in the wheel of Nigeria’s progress. Let us look forward. Let us be determined that corruption will go, progress will be achieved, better wages for our workers, and living wages.
“We will transform the economy to work for millions of our citizens. We must take 50 million people out of poverty. We must build healthcare that works for all. Look around.
“Don’t be wicked. Look at the standard of education, look at the classrooms, and look at the roads. We can only spend the money, we will find it, we cannot spend the people.
“No crime in borrowing. Thank you World Bank for being a lending friend, but let your achievement be home-grown. The determination that Nigeria can do it is here.”