While speaking as a keynote speaker at the presentation of a book “Making steady, Sustainable Progress for Nigeria’s Peace and Prosperity: A Mid-term Scorecard on the Muhammadu Buhari Administration”, APC national leader, Bola Tinubu, on Thursday, advised President Muhammadu Buhari to use the remaining part of his tenure to build a better country and help “suffering” Nigerians.
According to Premium Times, the former Governor of Lagos state, who spoke at the event held at the State House conference centre, Abuja, told President Buhari that although he has done well in his first two years, he still has a lot more to do, adding that Nigeria relies on crude oil which is expendable.
Tinubu who advised the government to train its policies to ensure that when oil is finally no more, the country will not suffer, warned that his decision to offer the advice publicly should not be mistaken as evidence of “space” that exists between him and the president.
He said such representation will be “false” and the news about it “will be fake”. “What I proffer today is done in the spirit of utmost respect and affinity by one who wants the best for this government and for Nigeria. I say these things to encourage the government to achieve the greatness the times demand and of which this government is capable,” he said.
Tinubu said for Buhari to succeed, he must face and work on the economy, adding the 2018 budget estimates submitted by the president last week has the potential to move the nation in the right direction.
He said the most important aspect of the budget is the capital expenditure badly needed for infrastructure. “This investment means that the government fully recognises our economy must grow but that it cannot expand beyond the parameters of the infrastructural grid that serves it,” he said.
He also said “it is time to lead our people to a place where poverty and hunger become frequent and where prosperity and hope are the daily fare of the common man”.
Tinubu said as one of the most populous nations of the world, Nigeria cannot attain prosperity without first establishing a robust industrial capacity.
He also said developed countries such as England, Japan and China implemented key policies “to protect industries, promote employment and encourage exports. These nations represent the past, present and immediate future of national economic achievement”.