Former Governor of Lagos state and national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has spoken on the economic situation in the country as he advised President Buhari to use the remaining part of his tenure to help Nigerians who are suffering.
Tinubu disclosed this on his appearance� as a key note 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”, which held at the State House conference centre, Abuja, Premium Times reports.
Tinubu 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: �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 for Buhari to succeed, he must face and work on the economy. He said 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 noted that: �It is time to lead our people to a place where poverty and hunger become infrequent and where prosperity and hope are the daily fare of the common man”.
Tinubu, also said that the Goodluck Jonathan administration won a gold medal in corruption. According to the APC leader, money �ran away” faster than Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt.
He said: �The prior government used the public treasury as a private hedge fund or a charity that limited its giving only to themselves.
�So much money grew feet and ran away faster than Usain Bolt ever could. That which could have been spent on national development was squandered in ways that would cause the devil to blush.
�One minister and her rogues’ gallery picked the pocket of this nation for billions of dollars. While poor at governance, these people could give a master thief lessons in the sleight of hand. In governance, they earned a red card but in corruption l, they won the gold medal.
�It was not that our institutions had become infected by corruption. Corruption has become institutionalized.”
Tinubu further said that the war on corruption has been won as President Buhari has set an axe to �the root of this dangerous tree.”
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