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Tinubu rallies State Governors, Federal lawmakers for marked national development

President Bola Ahmed Tinubu with State Governors in Lagos

*President Bola Ahmed Tinubu emphasises unity of purpose and collaboration among the Federal Government, State Governors, and the National Assembly for Nigeria’s economic resurgence and national advancement

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has called for unity of purpose and more collaboration between the Federal Government of Nigeria, State Governors and members of the National Assembly (NASS) to achieve national development goals.

Tinubu made the call appeal while receiving State Governors under the auspices of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF), and the leadership of the National Assembly Friday, April 12, 2024, in Lagos.

Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara State and Chairman of NGF speaking at the gathering in Lagos

Vice-President Kashim Shettima led the delegation that included Senate President Godswill Akpabio; Speaker of the House of Representatives, Tajudeen Abbas; Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara State and Chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum, among others.

Speaking on behalf of the President, Vice-President Shettima expressed optimism about Nigeria’s economic resurgence and called for collective efforts to propel the nation forward.

Chief Ajuri Ngelale, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, stated the Vice-President urged unity and collaboration among all stakeholders to achieve shared prosperity, and promised a brighter future for the West African country under President Tinubu’s guidance.

Shettima also said: “Let us unite, rally around our leader, and catapult this nation to a greater pedestal.

“By December, I hope we will have cause to celebrate. Let us coalesce to take the nation to a greater pedestal.”

Emphasising President Tinubu’s role as a unifying leader, transcending ethnic and religious lines, the Vice-President noted that the gathering of 27 Governors in Lagos, along with the leadership of the National Assembly and some former governors, bore the testimony of a detribalised leader who has embraced all.

He further averred: “This gathering cuts across ethnic, religious, and political lines.

“Here, we have Pastor Eno of Akwa Ibom and Father Hyacinth of Benue, and as the President was seated, he was asking, ‘Where is Wammako, where is Yari’? That is the hallmark of true leadership.

“What binds us together supersedes whatever it is that may divide us.”

Shettima noted: “The future of the Black man rests on Nigeria to make or mar. Our economy has turned the corner.

“By the coming months, the economy will roar back to glory.”

The statement also noted Senate President Akpabio commended the State Governors for emulating President Tinubu’s leadership style, characterised by listening to diverse voices, and consulting widely with the people, irrespective of political affiliations.

Akpabio said: “The governors are doing well. I can say so because I have been there before.”

Expressing confidence in President Tinubu’s leadership, the Senate President emphasided the President enjoys the broad support of Nigerians across political divides.

“As you coast home to victory for a second term, may all the governors seated here also coast home to a second term victory in their states,” Senate President Akpabio prayed.

In his remarks at the forum, Governor AbdulRazaq expressed support for the ongoing construction of the 700km Lagos-Calabar Coastal Highway.

The Kwara State Governor described the road infrastructure as a huge project that would have a significant impact on the country when completed.

He equally commended the President’s efforts at stabilising the economy and improving living conditions.

AbdulRasaq highlighted the positive developments in the country, which include the stabilisation of the exchange rate and decreasing food prices.

The governor also attributed these improvements to the President’s initiatives and also lauded the Federal Ministry of Health and Social Welfare’s funding for 8,800 primary healthcare centres.

He stated: “We commend your efforts because the ship is gradually turning. We have seen how the exchange rate of the naira against the dollar is coming down.

“The cost of food is coming down. The dry season harvest is commencing soon.

“Things are getting better, and there is light at the end of the tunnel.”

The governor as well urged President Tinubu to persevere in his efforts at achieving economic stability.

The governor further expressed gratitude for the support provided by the Federal Government to states, particularly in distributing grains to alleviate food shortages.

”We are here to support you, and we also thank you for the support that you are giving to the sub-nationals.

“Trucks are wheeling up across the nation, distributing grains. I have received, and most of the states have,” states he.

According to him, because of what President Tinubu is doing, those who are hoarding food items are releasing them, and that is why the prices of food are coming down in the Nigerian markets.

Governor AbdulRazaq reiterated the governors’ commitment to supporting the President’s initiatives, while pledging to continue complementing the efforts of the Federal Government at driving progress and prosperity across Nigeria.

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