At an event held to commemorate the 64th birthday of Tinubu, President Muhammadu Buhari lauded the former governor of Lagos State describing him as the brains behind the merger of Nigeria’s main opposition parties that ousted the People’s Democratic Party. The statement was released at the 8th Bola Tinubu Colloquium in Abuja yesterday.
According to the president, “If Bola Ahmed Tinubu did not participate in the elections, there wouldn’t have been a merger and there wouldn’t have been an APC government at the center. That is absolutely clear. He should thank God that he has gone through so much and has remained relevant, that he is healthy and young.
“There are very few patriots, alive or departed, who can match the commitment, resilience and creativity that Asiwaju Bola Tinubu has, over the past few decades, demonstrated in organizing Nigeria’s public life for good. As he adds another year today, my best wishes and prayers go out to a man who deserves a lot of commendation for what he continues to stand for.
The President’s spoke on the theme: ‘Agriculture: Action, Work, Revolution’. Buhari said, “Nearly all our crop-based farming activities are dependent on rain-fed agriculture, and this makes our agricultural productivity entirely vulnerable to the effects of climate change. In the past few years, on the average, we have spent in excess of $11bn annually importing wheat, rice, sugar and fish. We need not, and indeed we cannot afford to continue on this trajectory. Agriculture is the key to our economic growth and social investment policies. Our administration’s key strategy is to ensure that Nigeria becomes self- sufficient in the foods that we consume the most.
“Maize, rice, corn, millets, fruits, poultry products and their derivatives can all be produced at home if we put our hearts into it. Our policy is simple: We will produce what we eat! It is not only logical, it is necessary.”
The Emir of Kano, Malam Sanusi, said: “It was people like Tinubu that insisted that this country could not afford another four years of that kind of thing (past administration) and basically laid down their lives, laid down their resources and gave their all to ensure that change happened. He is extremely loyal and that is how you know your friends. It doesn’t matter where you are or what happens to you, you can always be sure that Asiwaju will be there.”
In reaction to eulogies, Tinubu stated that: “We have had a series of promises in the last 50 years and particularly in the last 16 years. I remember the article I wrote after the presentation of the book, ‘Financialism: Fetching the water from a dry well’. It was about this commodity exchange. The deceptive government at that time announced immediately that same week that commodity exchange had been established. It took an Ethiopian to discover its lies, but thank God, we are taking it more seriously now.
“I salute the President and the entire cabinet that Nigeria is being redirected. There is no option for us but to revalidate our faith in our country and take the hard decision now. Our renaissance must come from within. We have the land, the mind, the capacity and the ability.”