“Too many parents cannot properly feed and clothe their precious children. Too many young adults exist in the void of joblessness, and too many of us do not have the resources to care for the elderly parents who once cared for them. We must cure these wrongs,”
A national leader of the governing All Progressives Congress, APC, and a former Governor of Lagos state, 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.
Tinubu who was 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”, which held at the State House conference centre, Abuja, told the President that although he has done well in his first two years, he still has a lot more to do.
He advised the government to train its policies to ensure that when oil is finally no more, the country will not suffer.
The APC leader warned that his decision to offer the advice publicly should not be mistaken as evidence of “space” that exists between him and the president.
“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.
He argued that for Buhari to succeed, he must face and work on the economy, adding that the 2018 budget estimates submitted by the president last week has the potential to move the nation in the right direction.
He maintained that 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”.