This country should be seen as one big family.- Tinubu
President Bola Tinubu on Wednesday again charged the Nigerian governors with the need to work for the people of Nigeria.
NewsReport Nigeria reports that the president stated this when he hosted members of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF), led by its chairman, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara, at the State House in Abuja.
Reports have it that the governors expressed happiness with the president’s subsidy removal decision, all-inclusive leadership, and statesmanship.
They congratulated Tinubu for tackling the fuel subsidy debacle, promising to work with him to ameliorate the short-term impact of the decision.
Tinubu had earlier called on the governors to collaborate with the Federal Government in addressing the menace of poverty in the country, saying the level of impoverishment is unacceptable.
The president advised the political leaders to downplay their differences and jointly focus on alleviating the sufferings and pains of the people.
“We can see the effects of poverty on the faces of our people. Poverty is not hereditary; it comes from society.
“Our position is to eliminate poverty and set aside partisan politics; we are here to deliberate about Nigeria and nation-building,’’ he said.
Tinubu stated that the country should be seen as one big family.
“We are a family occupying one house and sleeping in different rooms. If we see it that way and push forward, we will get our people out of poverty. A determined mind is a fertile ground for delivering results,’’ he stressed.
The president said that good governance would safeguard the future of democracy.
“Present in this room is our diversity in culture and politics, but we are one nation. The unity and stability of the country rest upon us.
“We have managed ourselves very well to have a democracy. We have campaigned and arrived at our present destination. We must work for our people,’’ he charged the governors.
Tinubu assured them that he would maintain an open-door policy and was prepared to share ideas, strengthen institutions, and create bottom-up frameworks that would improve the livelihood of Nigerians.
“We need synergy to fight other vices like corruption. We are trying to get smugglers out of the way. How do we work together to galvanize the economy and put resources in place? We must think and perform.
“After removing subsidies, there must be savings accruing to the Federation Account,’’ he noted.
Tinubu said the education sector must be improved as part of efforts to reduce poverty and penury.
Abdul Razak promised the president that the governors would support the federal government in meeting the targets of human development.
He thanked the president for the invitation to deliberate on the challenges of poverty and security, promising that the governors would support the federal government in meeting the targets of human development.