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Leader of the farmers greet Tinubu and Shettima

Nigerian farmers endorse Tinubu in Minna [Photos]



Farming Will Receive It’s Pride of Place, Says Tinubu as Farmers, Fishing Community, Livestock Sector Endorse APC Candidate at Minna Town Hall Meeting

All Progressives Congress Presidential Candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has promised to undertake reforms within the farming, fishing and livestock sector that will make the industry competitive.

He also promised to make the agricultural sector the bedrock of Nigeria’s new economy when he becomes president.

Tinubu speaks at the event
Tinubu speaks at the event
Tinubu and Shettima with Lalong, first left, APC Chairman Adamu, APC gov.candidate Bago, Gov. Bello and Badaru
Tinubu and Shettima with Lalong, first left, APC Chairman Adamu, APC gov.candidate Bago, Govs Bello and Badaru

Tinubu said this while meeting with stakeholders in the agro-allied sector in Minna, Niger State on Monday, where he received rare endorsements from the crop and livestock farmers and fishing communities.

The groups that endorsed the APC candidate at the townhall meeting included the All Farmers Association of Nigeria, Maize Association of Nigeria, Miyetti Allah Keutal Hore, Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria and Federation of Agricultural Commodity Association of Nigeria.

At the event, Tinubu, who adopted the presentation by the Chairman Progressive Governors’ Forum and Kebbi State Governor Atiku Bagudu, appointed him to head a committee to fashion a blueprint that will help position the Agric sector so that it can occupy its deserved pride of place.

The APC presidential flagbearer in his speech titled “Path to the Agricultural Self-Sufficiency”, emphasised the important role agriculture played in the country’s economy before the discovery of oil.

Present among others at the well-attended event were the APC National Chairman, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, the party’s Vice Presidential Candidate, Senator Kashim Shettima, Director-General of APC Presidential Campaign Council, Simon Lalong, host Governor Abdullahi Sani-Bello, Jigawa State Governor Abubakar Badaru, Niger State APC Governorship candidate, Hon. Umar Bago, and other party chieftains.

While directing his speech to the farmers groups, Tinubu acknowledged that all the states in the country have the ability to offer one of two things to ensure that the nation fully produces what it eats.

He said, “Northern Nigeria has great agricultural potential due to its abundant arable land. It must continue to march at the forefront if the sector is to significantly advance at all.

“Every state and the FCT have some degree of competitive advantage in agriculture, whether horticulture or crop production, fisheries, poultry or animal husbandry. Properly developed, these assets will not only satisfy our domestic needs but make Nigeria a global force within a short time.

“If Nigeria fully harnesses its agricultural potential, our exports will rise to the level such that we shall feed much of sub-Saharan Africa, allowing us to better balance our economy while fostering social tranquility, stronger consumer bases and political goodwill between us and other nations in the region and on the continent.”

APC Chairman Adamu, a farmer himself, said Tinubu would do well for the Nigerian farmers because he understands their plight.

Speaking in the same vein, Governor Lalong said the APC presidential candidate is the son of a market woman who traversed both rural and urban communities as she plied her trade adding that as President of Nigeria, Tinubu will connect the city and rural economy to create prosperity for the farmers.

Mutiu Are, centre in black face-cap and other members of his committee

Tinubu will win 95% South-West votes– Mutiu Are


By Akeem Abas/Ibadan

Alhaji Mutiu Are, Director, Contact and Mobilisation Committee for the All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Campaign Council, says South-West will deliver 95 per cent votes for Bola Tinubu in the presidential election.

Are gave the assurance at the inauguration of members of his committee on Sunday in Ibadan.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Are is an accomplished grassroots politician and businessman.

He expressed the committee’s determination to mobilise all the electorate in the region to deliver 95 per cent of the votes to Tinubu and his running mate, Kashim Shettima, in the presidential election.

“The committee had already commenced the implementation of a ‘robust’ strategy to reach every nook and cranny of the region, up to the smallest cells of villages and hamlets.

“The effort is aimed at winning to support and votes for Asiwaju and the All Progressives Congress,” Are said.

The director said the executives swung into action immediately after they were sworn-in with visits to critical political leaders who gave 100 per cent assurance of total support to the Tinubu/Shettima candidacy.

Are said that the personalities as well as qualities of the presidential candidate and his running mate made the committee’s mobilisation job easier.

“Tinubu and Shettima are men of character, competence, capacity and vast experience. Tinubu laid the foundation for the exponential development of Lagos State and the success that is Lagos today.

“He revolutionalised IGR in Lagos State, created infrastructure and institutions; and established additional councils that are centres of development today.

“Shettima ran Borno creditably, even, when the state was challenged by the Boko Haram insurgency. He battled Boko Haram and yet delivered dividends of democracy to the people,” the director said.

He described the duo as highly esteemed men, saying that they have valuable products on hands to market to the people.

“I also made bold to say that our job has been made easier. The leadership of the Yoruba, the Afenifere leadership, has already thrown its weight behind Asiwaju Tinubu and Shettima.

“While the various sub- nationals are allowed to flourish in a true federal system, we must at the same time not lose sight of the centre.

“We must also be present at the centre. Asiwaju’s candidacy offers the best opportunity for us to be important stakeholders at the centre,” Are said.

He said that South-West was crucial in the coming elections because of its status as the strongest base of the progressives in Nigeria and home to the APC presidential candidate.

Are said that all people in South-West must take the elections serious and give their votes to Tinubu.

On Tinubu’s manifesto, he explained that the APC candidate and his vice were ready to work round the clock to end insecurity as well as revamp the economy in no time.

Are said that the duo would realise double digit GDP, substantially increase megawatts of electricity to power industries, businesses and homes as well as generate reasonable jobs for the unemployed youths.

He urged all the inaugurated committee members who were chosen for being worthy in character, integrity and political importance, to fully dedicate themselves to the assignment.

The committee is made up of members drawn from the six states in the South-West.(NAN)


Tinubu meets agro-commodity groups in Minna

Press Statement

Tinubu meets farmers, agro commodity groups in Niger State

The APC presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu continues his engagement with another strategic sector of the Nigerian economy, with a Town Hall meeting in Minna, Niger State on Monday.

Along with his running mate, Senator Kashim Shettima, Tinubu will meet farmers and the agro commodity groups in the state, which is notable for being a breadbasket of Nigeria.

Governor Abubakar Bello will host the meeting and the candidates.

Tinubu is expected to share his agenda on how he plans to build on the salutary foundation laid by the President Muhammadu Buhari administration.

He will tell the farmers about how he will help them and their communities “in new and significant ways that usher in a true and complete rebirth of Nigerian agriculture”.

Among what the APC candidate promises, according to his Action Plan, are ramping up the cultivation of the nation’s arable land from 35 percent to 65 percent and the establishment of commodity boards for strategic crops, such as cashew, cocoa, cassava, soya, rubber and groundnut.

As envisioned, the commodity boards will improve price certainty for farmers and increase their capacity to produce more staple food to feed Nigeria’s burgeoning population.

The Minna Town Hall meeting is the second by Tinubu, following the Lagos meeting with Nigeria’s business leaders on Tuesday last week.

Similar town hall meetings are scheduled for Lafia in Nasarawa state and Calabar, Cross River state, in the next few days before the mega rally in Jos on 15 November.

Bayo Onanuga
Director of Media and Publicity,
APC Presidential Campaign Council

Tinubu’s big deal for the North



I have never read a very nakedly contrived cocktail of falsehoods and misrepresentations than Dr Sani Sabo’s article titled Tinubu’s plan to strangle the north.

The truly weird and inciting article published by Daily Trust on 4 November, claims the Tinubu and Senator Kashim Shettima presidential campaign manifesto seeks to “further plunder” the North into “eminent collapse”, whatever that means!.

While the greater part of Sabo’s offering vide his rather technically ignorant and altogether ridiculous article is actually either too hypocritical or downright nonsensical to warrant a response, certain naked lies he sought to peddle through the writeup require refutation.

In the first place, it is possible that Sabo was dissecting another document other than the Tinubu/Shettima ‘Renewed Hope’ manifesto, as he claimed that the document, “seeks to reduce the North into a war-ridden region, permanently waiting for hand-outs.

This of course is patently untrue.

On the contrary, the Tinubu-Shettima Action Plan seeks to breath a fresh air in the region, which as of today is plagued with problems of insurgency and banditry.

As for what Sabo refers to as ‘northern economic exclusion’, this is a most dishonest take on the economic condition of the Northern half of our dear country and especially problematically so coming from someone who is clearly just another political hack pretending to be speaking for the North. First of all it is very hard to make a believable case that the economic travails of the North arise from “exclusion” when in total, our country has had more leaders from the same North. In any case, Sabo clearly has no deep understanding of economics which he decided to make his subject matter in his pathetic critique of a sterling manifesto he clearly barely comprehends.

While the North truly faces rather acute socioeconomic challenges that must genuinely worry all of us as one nation, it is not as if the Southern half of our country is some highly advanced and economically buoyant eldorado. Perhaps Sabo requires some tutorship in real economics as opposed to the motor-park ideas his pedestrian article was based on. Of a truth, the major impediments to economic progress in the North majorly arise from abysmally poor human capital development and endemic female exclusion from economic participation in many parts of the region.

If in one jurisdiction, you have 80 percent literacy in a socioeconomic paradigm that is not gender discriminatory, all other things being equal, that jurisdiction will continuously outperform another with a far lower literacy rate coupled with poor female engagement in economic activities. These are the hard facts and harsh realities of the economic disparities between North and South which genuinely concerned and patriotic leaders both North and South must square up to and take into cognisance. This should be the course of action rather than pandering to the most unhelpful and patently false blame shifting antics of pseudo-leaders like Sabo whose approach to the problems of the North offer absolutely no solutions at all and only end up further exacerbating an already dire situation.

Sabo’s criticisms of President Muhammadu Buhari are most disingenuous and clearly emanate from a mixture of economic ignorance and pure mischief making. In the entire history of Nigeria, no President, or Head of State for that matter, has tried to develop the North more than Muhammadu Buhari. Indeed, if any other President tried his best, it would be President Goodluck Jonathan and certainly not any leader of Northern extraction.

Against the handicap of drastically reduced oil earnings, the Buhari administration somehow managed to perform what is effectively a miracle of food production sufficiency and even surplus for export in this country! That is quite apart from sustained investment in artisanal training, youth economic empowerment and support for small and medium scale entrepreneurship. Indeed, there simply has never been a government that impacted the entire country nor benefited the North, in particular, more than the Buhari administration. The administration, however, has been hampered by the problems of insurgents in the North and oil thieves in the South.

As far as insurgency goes, Sabo, while pretending to be concerned about the plight of its victims, nevertheless found occasion to excoriate the Buhari administration for bringing succour to internally displaced persons and insurgency-impacted communities. What sort of philosophy of governance does Sabo subscribe to? A government that plays the ostrich with its internally displaced as Sabo is doing with the true source of the problems of the North?

The violence we are currently experiencing in the North is powered by religious extremism, which, worldwide, has proven to be extremely intractable and practically impossible to eradicate. My personal take on religious extremism is that subsequent generations will mature out of it until it is finally and permanently deposited in the dustbin of history. When Sabo accuses the government of providing palliatives instead of tackling insurgency, does he realise he is being most shamefully pedestrian for a PhD holder? Did the Americans, with all their might, not finally give up and accept defeat after fighting insurgency for 20 whole years in Afghanistan? What is the meaning of “leaving insecurity unchecked”, as Sabo rather most deceitfully chose to put it?

What is Sabo really trying to do? Blame Buhari for extremism in the North? Was Buhari, himself, not almost murdered by these same extremists when they bombed his convoy even before he became President? This is something that has to do with misguided religious ideology and across the world it continues to prove to be a most difficult problem to solve! Why do too many of us in this country like to lie so shamelessly, and, all because of politics? Faced with an insurgency, as a government you keep relentlessly combating the insurgents while most definitely providing palliatives and protection for affected citizens or you’ve failed completely! Does Sabo, with no less than a doctorate degree, not know this?

Throughout his article, Sabo consistently descends into what can only be described as patently ignorant lamentation. According to him, “how can my application be vetted by a commercial bank ED in Lagos before I have the approval to start a local business in Kankia LGA of Katsina state for example? How is this fair?” What nonsense? This is perhaps the most pedestrian part of Sabo’s stupefying writeup. Going by Sabo’s kindergarten logic perhaps someone from Gashua in Borno or Zuru in Kebbi might wonder why a federal project meant for their benefit should have to be approved in Abuja as might someone in Sapele in Delta or Obudu in Cross River!

It is neither Tinubu nor the Federal Government, for that matter, that headquartered banks in Lagos – the banks, like other firms, including Aliko Dangote’s behemoth, will headquarter wherever it makes the best economic sense. In any case, that’s why it’s one country, one economy. Why does an American in Seattle, Washington, not bang his head against the wall about having to get approval from a bank on Wall Street, New York or an agency in Washington, DC, both of which are approximately as far away from Seattle as Dakar, Senegal is from Kano, Nigeria?

As for Sabo’s bafflingly baseless verdict that the Tinubu/Shettima manifesto “visualises the North as a war zone and seeks to deepen that”, how does anyone pretending at playing public affairs commentator even muster the shamelessness to propagate such blatant falsehood. Nobody visualises the North as some war zone – the North is already a war zone in certain areas and the only thing likely to further deepen this truly sad situation are the hyper-sectionalist, ultra-regionalist and altogether most arcane mindset of people like Sabo who have always been, are and seem determined to continue to be the biggest problem of the North.

What the likes of Sabo do not yet realize is that the good people of the North have left them, their lies and their sectionalism far behind. There is a national consensus in this country to the effect of power shift to the South in 2023 and it is a consensus championed by Northerners, themselves, led by their Governors and true leaders. No matter how many Sabos Atiku Abubakar of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, can find to write utter crap and whip up base sentiments for him, he is going to fail most woefully in his ethnocentric quest for a shortcut into Aso Rock. In any case, were Atiku to become President, the South, in implacable resentment at being cheated out of its turn to produce the President, is most likely to become just as destabiliszed as the North presently is and the likes of Sabo ought to start wondering if their puppeteer would even have a country to govern then!

While Sabo might delude himself he can pin the blame for the problems in the Northern half of our country on Bola Tinubu and Kashim Shettima, truth is, if either Tinubu or Shettima could be blamed for anything, it would be for bringing uncommon and most innovative approaches to governance as they most excellently delivered in Lagos and Borno states, respectively.

It is just exactly this sort of empirically verifiable competence in governance that was pioneered in the current republic by Bola Tinubu as Lagos State Governor and was followed by Kashim Shettima in Borno that is desperately needed going forward by our entire country but more especially so by the North that the likes of Sabo are actually most responsible for bringing into its present lamentable condition.

Indeed, the positions canvassed by Sabo are representative of sentiments that have been the bane of progress and development in the North and thus, inevitably, the entire country. Sabo and his ilk would do well to just shut up for the good of their home region and leave the stage for authentic progressives like the Shettimas of the North who truly have something of value to offer the region and our country at large.

In Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, we are set to get a President who has throughout his career shown an astonishing capacity for always leaving a place far better than he met it. Simply put, Tinubu is the City Boy who turns the village into a town, turns the town into a city, and, turns the city into a megacity. As for Senator Kashim Shettima, we are primed for a Vice President who stoically refused to capitulate to insurgency, would not lose his head in the midst of fullscale war, and, somehow managed to keep good governance afloat even with bullets flying around him and his people.

Far from trying to strangle the North as Sabo most reprehensibly claims, the Tinubu campaign logo is an artwork indicating broken shackles. If Sabo and co are even remotely genuinely concerned for the North, I am happy to inform them that help is on its way and that the prescribed medicine the North desperately requires at this time is a brand now available at every pharmacy, called the “Tinubu/Shettima Solution”.

Onokpasa, a lawyer and member of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Presidential Campaign Council, writes from Abuja.

Shettima takes the salute at the VGN

Vigilante Group endorses Tinubu-Shettima [Photos]

The Vigilante Group of Nigeria, VGN has endorsed the All Progressives Congress presidential candidate, Asíwájú Bola Ahmed Tinubu and his running mate, Senator Kashim Shettima for the 2023 Presidential race.

The endorsement was done in Abuja last Friday at the group’s 3rd annual VBN Week.

Senator Shettima represented Ahmed Tinubu at the event, which was also attended by , Dr AA Mai Agogo Secretary of the Special Duty APC Presidential Campaign Council, Hajiya Zainab Abubukar Ibrahim APC Deputy Woman Leader.

Others were Kabiru Ishaq Sa’id, DG Operation #iStandWithNigeri4Tinubu and Hajiya Safaa National Secretary Independent Campaign Council (ICC).

Shettima speaks at the event
Shettima speaks at the event
Shettima speaks
Shettima speaks
Dr Agogo welcomes Shettima
Dr Agogo welcomes Shettima

Members of the Vigilante Group of Nigeria at the event
Members of the Vigilante Group of Nigeria at the event
APC campaign begins

Jos will host APC presidential flag-off rally [Full programme]

The city of Jos, capital of Plateau state will host the flag-off rally of the APC Presidential campaign, according to a programme released on Wednesday night.

The rally will take place 15 November.

Plateau is the home state of Governor Simon Lalong, the APC Presidential Campaign Council director-general.

According to the programme, the campaign was kicked off on Tuesday 1 November, with the Town Hall meeting in Lagos between Asíwájú Bola Ahmed Tinubu and business leaders in Lagos.

More of such town hall meetings will take place before the mega rally in Kano on 11 February, 2023.

The Kano rally will draw the curtains on the campaign, as the party shifts into election planning mode.

Other highlights of the campaign are rallies in Imo on Monday 21 November, Kwara 22 Nov, Adamawa 24 Nov, Ogun 26 Nov, Enugu 26 Nov and Sokoto on 30 November.

In between the rallies are scheduled five town hall meetings, one of which will be with Interfaith groups in Abuja on 9 November.

The other town hall meetings will be between the candidate and various business and agricultural groups.

Read the full programme:


Tinubu and Shettima

Flood: Tinubu, Shettima in empathy visit to Kogi

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The All Progressives Congress’ 2023 Presidential Candidate Sen Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and His Running mate Sen Kashim Shettima will visit Kogi State today to sympathize with victims of the flood disaster.

Onogwu Muhammed, Chief press secretary to Governor Yahaya Bello said Tinubu, Shettima and their entourage w will be received by the Governor Yahaya Bello and party supporters at the Muhammadu Buhari Civic Centre, Lokoja by 10am.

The visit was confirmed by the Presidential Campaign Council Secretary, James Abiodun Falake in a WhatsApp post on Wednesday night.

Yesterday, Tinubu donated N50 million to flood victims in Delta state.

He was represented by Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, who also pledged an additional N150 million in cash and relief materials to victims.

Addressing a mammoth crowd on behalf of Tinubu and himself in Effurun, Delta State on Wednesday, Senator Omo-Agege pointed out that the aviation strike halted the movement of the APC Presidential Candidate.

“Today, I am here wearing two caps. The first cap I am wearing is the cap of the governorship candidate of APC in the 2023 general election. The second cap is that of the coordinator of Bola Ahmed Tinubu Campaign Organisation in Delta State.

Shettima, Sanwo-Olu, Ganduje

Shettima, Ganduje sing ‘payback time’ to Lagos Hausa community

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Vice Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Kashim Shettima, says 2023 election is payback time by the North to Tinubu, for his past support to the region.

Shettima said this when he visited the Hausa community in Alaba-Rago, in Iba Local Council Development Area (LCDA), on Wednesday in Lagos.

He urged them to vote for the party’s presidential candidate, Senator Bola Tinubu.

Shettima was accompanied by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State, Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State, Lagos APC Chairman, Cornelius Ojelabi, and all Arewa leaders in Lagos.

He said that Tinubu made Muhammadu Buhari President in 2015 by giving him bloc votes from the South-West, a feat he repeated in 2019.

Shettima further said that Tinubu provided the platform for Atiku to contest presidential election when Atiku was chased out of PDP, same thing he did for Nuhu Ribadu.

”We are people of honour, we should honour our pledge and promise. This is payback time for the North to support Tinubu,” Shettima said.

Ganduje said that as far as the north was concerned, ‘the issue of Tinubu is concluded’.

”Kano State wants votes from you for Tinubu. You have to promise us you will surpass Kano in your votes for Tinubu,” Ganduje said.

He said that Tinubu appointed non Yoruba indigenes into government when he was governor, describing him as ‘a real nationalist’.

Sanwo-Olu urged the Hausa community ‘not to be deceived’ and to vote for APC in the presidential and governorship elections.
Sanwo-Olu said that the meeting with the community was part of the party’s political discussions with non-indigene groups residing in Lagos State.

He thanked the Hausa community for supporting the efforts of Lagos State Government, as government scaled up infrastructure and amenities in the LCDA.

The governor also thanked them for maintaining peace while co-existing with other residents of the state.

He said that the administration would be completing the Lagos-Badagry highway soon, as the stretch toward Okokomaiko, the final stage, which would be completed by the end of 2022.

Sanwo-Olu said that the General Hospital currently been built in Iba would be completed in the not too distant future, then government would move inside Ojo and take up the Kemberi-Afromedia Road.

Reported by Freedom Online

Shettima dismisses Peter Obi, Atiku

The APC Presidential running mate Senator Kashim Shettima gave the audience at Eko Hotel and Suites on Tuesday some mind blowing political takeaways as he dismissed both Peter Obi and Atiku Abubakar, who are in the presidential race with Asíwájú Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

Shettima said both Obi of the Labour Party and Atiku of the PDP have nothing to offer Nigerians.

To Obi, Shettima said:

“Leadership goes beyond glamourizing poverty. We won’t glamorize poverty, we tackle poverty. I won’t tell you I have two pairs of shoes or I have a single wristwatch. Leadership goes beyond spewing dubious statistics or showcasing a mediocre performance as the governor of Anambra State.

Shettima also sent a caustic note to Atiku:

“I respect Atiku Abubakar, but leadership goes beyond high-scale antics. A man who can’t unite his party, I wonder how he can unite a country.

“We are talking about artificial intelligence or big data or nanotechnology, but the training that an elder statesman got from Kano School of Hygiene was that of wole wole. The ability to sell bottled water doesn’t make one an expert on the economy.

“My parting shot is that Atiku Abubakar is not Abraham Lincoln; he is Ralia Odinga and come May next year, we are going to permanently retire the political tourists to Dubai.”

Video: What Tinubu said at the Lagos Town Hall meeting with business leaders

APC Presidential Candidate Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu listed on Tuesday eight areas he wants to focus on when elected next year as President of Nigeria.

He spoke at a town hall meeting with business leaders in Lagos. The event held at Eko Hotel and Suites.

“Allow me to share a few ideas that provide some insight into my vision for a more prosperous and secure nation where hope is renewed and despair rebuffed. 

1. Regular Dialogue – All Nigerians must be invested in our better future. We must maintain the channels and spirit of respectful and productive dialogue. At times what I say may help you. Other times, what you say may enlighten me. We must always talk and confer with the best of intentions. Just as this open door policy is with me before the election, I shall continue to honor it after the election. 

2. GDP Growth Rate: We must target double digit GDP to begin to reduce the poverty rate and I am determined to accomplish thua

3. Revive Industry: We shall bring the nation’s industrial policy to life. Key to this is our aim to create major and minor industrial hubs in each geopolitical zone. We shall not be satisfied by bolstering traditional sectors. We will foster productive excellence in new areas such as light manufacturing and the Nollywood entertainment sector. Through active participation in the digital economy, we shall make Nigeria a leader, instead of a bystander,  in the fourth industrial revolution. 

4. Promote Agriculture: We shall continue to press reforms in the sector that will increase productivity, improve farm incomes while lowering food prices and bringing enough food to the tables of ordinary people.  

5. Power Nigeria: I am determined to give you the affordable and reliable power you need to drive your businesses in a way that lifts the entire economy.    

6. Produce and buy Nigerian: We seek a consumer credit revolution, working in  concert with the banking industry lead by the CBN. Credit at affordable rates  enables the purchase of more cars and the construction of more homes. The standard of living shall rise and the strength of the business sector shall increase in similar measure.

7. Build Nigeria:  We must continue with the expansion of infrastructure commenced by the current government  From our roads and ports that will path the way to more commerce, to improvement in irrigation and water management/catchment systems to stem the humanitarian and economic tragedy visited on us by seasonal flooding.  

8. I have saved the single most important point for last.  May I conclude with my thoughts on security.  

“We shall continue the fight against insecurity by redefining our counterinsurgency doctrine and practice. Our  response to terror, kidnapping and violent criminality will be defined by  the following elements:

a. We shall enlist more people in the armed forces, security services and the police. 

b. Our forces will be given better tactical communications, mobility as well as improved aerial and ground surveillance capacity.

“Through these and other measures, we shall better  identify, monitor, track, and defeat these evil groups where they are. They shall have no respite until they surrender or are utterly defeated,” he added.


Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu is a man of many traditional honours across the country, from north to south, west to east. The array of titles he has garnered was only comparable to that of Chief Moshood Abiola, winner of the 1993 Presidential election.


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