President Bola Tinubu has expressed his refusal to participate in the destruction of the nation’s economy by its adversaries. He believes the bleeding of the country’s finances through the oil subsidy system is a serious matter that should not be allowed to continue under any circumstances.
Speaking at a Thursday reception hosted by the Lagos State Government, the president emphasized the need for essential resources to fulfill the promises made to Nigerians during the election campaign.
“We must end the drain on our finances caused by fuel subsidies and the arbitrary exchange rate system. We have no other choice,” Tinubu asserted. “We must enhance the efficiency of resource control and management to fulfill our obligations to Nigerians.”
He further stated that although he could have selfishly sought personal benefits and engaged in arbitrage, he firmly rejected that notion. Tinubu believes that such actions are outside the mandate given to him by the electorate.
Tinubu assured Nigerians that his administration would continue to introduce new and improved initiatives that would benefit not only adults but also children representing the country’s future.
He pledged to collaborate with the National Assembly and state governors, respecting the principles of true separation of powers, to achieve his administration’s renewed agenda of hope.
Senate President Sen. Godswill Akpabio also vowed to collaborate with the executive branch to ensure that Nigerians reap the dividends of democracy. He praised the president’s achievements in Lagos, expressing confidence that Nigeria is in capable hands. Akpabio admitted that had they known about the president’s plans for the country; they wouldn’t have contested against him in the party primaries.
Akpabio hailed Lagos as a development model for other states in Nigeria, highlighting that the visionary who spearheaded the state’s progress can replicate the same success for the entire nation.
Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State affirmed the full support of state governors for the policies and programs of the current administration. He emphasized the significance of the governors’ support in realizing the dream of a better Nigeria.
Similarly, Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara stated that state governors stand behind Tinubu’s urgent efforts to reposition the country’s economy. He commended the decision to remove petroleum subsidies and rectify the arbitrary exchange rate system as crucial steps toward this goal. AbdulRazaq, who also serves as the Chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum, expressed the unanimous support of the state governors.
Raji Fashola, former governor of Lagos and representative of past governors, assured the president of their unwavering loyalty to the Tinubu administration. He conveyed their willingness to serve once again whenever needed.
In a powerful display of solidarity, members of the National Assembly and governors stood alongside their current and former colleagues on the podium to support the president.