The National Leader of the All Progressives
Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, says the
country is in a difficult but encouraging
Tinubu said although the journey to economic
recovery would not be easy, there was hope for
This was contained in a speech he delivered on
Saturday after receiving a honourary Doctor of
Business degree at the 15th- 20th convocation
ceremony of the University of Abuja.
He said, “Nigeria stands in the corridor between
greatness and failure; between progress and
collapse; between hope and despair. Our fate
depends on whether we would summon the
courage to take the bold steps and move in the
direction. We must turn our present challenges
into opportunities for the reengineering of our
nation’s economic challenges.”
The APC leader, however, noted that Nigeria
needed some fundamental restructuring, both
politically and economically, in order to
actualise the desired change.
Tinubu advocated a return to agriculture,
noting that a vibrant agriculture sector would
produce enough food for domestic consumption
and for export, while creating more jobs.
He also reiterated his confidence in the Federal
Government’s commitment “to a new era of
discipline and prosperity.”
He added, “If you ask me to describe the state
of the nation, I would say it is a difficult but
encouraging one. We are emerging from a
period of great moral uncertainty, where vice
and virtue were too often indistinguishable and
too often confused, one for the other.
“The journey we have embarked upon will not
be easy. It requires all of us to make sacrifices
and persevere until we achieve. Nigeria needs
some fundamental restructuring, both politically
and economically; not the constant tinkering
and patch-patch we often resort to.
“We must therefore begin with fundamentally
restructuring of the economy if we are to rid
ourselves of joblessness.”
While commending the university for its
achievements and the award, Tinubu said
despite the challenges of infrastructure and
funding, the University of Abuja must not
compromise its academic standard.
“The university must seek to pursue initiatives
that will make it overcome the ever present
and common limitations,” he stressed.