Gov Mimiko's welcome address at Presidential Campaign Flag-off
We welcome you to the historic city of Lagos, a city that has produced
icons in different fields of human endeavour – first generation
medical doctors, lawyers, politicians, engineers and entrepreneurs.
This is a city that truly prides itself as one of Africa's foremost
educationally advanced centres, a veritable city of culture and
learning. Mr President, leaders of our great party, distinguished
Nigerians, I stand on firm ground to state categorically that hardly
is there any home in Lagos and indeed the Southwest that cannot boast
of tenth generation school certificate holders. This is why, among
others, we will not settle for a President with less than a University
Let me welcome again, Mr President, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, Ph.D – a
democrat in words and in deed, a believer in the rule of law, a leader
who is genuinely humble, kind, accommodating, forthright, competent,
transparent and tolerant. A leader who in spite of challenges has
remained cool, calm and level-headed.
We thank you Mr President that, in spite of being the most abused and
negatively-profiled President in the history of this country, you have
refused to roll out any obnoxious law of the semblance of Decree 2 of
To you Mr President, discipline is about compliance with high
democratic ethos rather than the promulgation of retroactive laws to
intimidate the citizenry through state murder.
You definitely are a true democrat (not a born-again democrat). You
are a true lover of Nigeria – from the wetlands of the Delta, through
the thick rainforest of the Southwest and East to the Savannah of the
North, you have touched the lives of Nigerians, both high and low. You
have allowed the private sector to thrive, yet you have not abandoned
the under-privileged of the society. While the private sector is
encouraged to invest massively in Agriculture, Power, Aviation and
other strategic sectors of the economy, you are also building Almajiri
schools and unprecedentedly expanding access to tertiary education.
You are proactively investing in Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises
(MSMEs) and providing productive engagement for our young ones in
Agriculture, ICT and the creative industry.
Mr President, you are indeed a progressive.
On behalf of the people of Southwest, we welcome you and your
entourage to Southwest Nigeria. You have started the Lagos-Ibadan
expressway, you have also embarked on the rehabilitation of the rail
system, you are giving a face-lift to our airports including Ibadan
airport. For these and many more, the people of the Southwest are
grateful. Afterall, we can remember the anti-human decision to
terminate the Lagos metroline project by some other government. That
project into which the Jakande-led administration had committed a
whopping sum of N70 million (about $75 million at that time) was meant
to put an end to the traffic nightmare in Lagos metropolis through the
installation of a circuit of rail lines that would have stretched from
Agege to Marina, Ikorodu in the north and Badagry in the east,
ferrying nearly a million people a day, 31-years ago. While some chose
to destroy, you have chosen to build.
Today, Mr President, Benin-Ore-Shagamu expressway is witnessing
massive rehabilitation, the Lagos-Kano rail lines, moribund for over
15years have been re-activated, Agriculture has regained its pride of
place and you have strengthened our democratic institutions through
free, fair and credible elections.
I am convinced that the hands of Goodluck Jonathan that started these
good works will surely complete them.
Let the good works of Goodluck continue.
Thank you, God bless Nigeria.
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