I Take Full Responsibility For Hardship, Nigeria’ll Survive—Tinubu

By Damilare Adeleye

President Bola Tinubu has said that his administration is working to ensure that Nigeria is reformed for greater efficiency with a particular emphasis on systematically inculcating fairness and equity in all aspects of national life.

Tinubu, who said he took responsibility for the economic hardship in the country, stressed his commitment to leading Nigeria towards economic and social prosperity.

The president said this while addressing the leaders of the pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, at the residence of Pa Reuben Fasoranti in Akure, the Ondo State capital, on Wednesday, February 28, 2024.

He said: “Nigeria will survive the current economic challenges. There is light at the end of the tunnel. I requested the job, and I am not complaining about it. I take full responsibility.

“We are meeting our obligations to the international community. To lenders, we have not defaulted, and we are not going to default. We are navigating the twists and bends on the road to Nigeria’s prosperity.”

On reforming Nigeria, President Tinubu said his task will be to ensure fiscal and true federalism, as well as the broad-based manifestation of the philosophy of “what is sauce for the goose, is sauce for the gander”.

He acknowledged the understanding and support of all Nigerians in the face of economic challenges, assuring them that their patience and perseverance will not be fruitless.

Tinubu added: “The economic challenges we have endured since assuming office are not new to me. As the former governor of Lagos State, I faced similar calls for my resignation. But, through perseverance, Lagos emerged as the fifth-largest economy in the entire continent of Africa. We must manage this moment with wisdom and grow Nigeria responsibly.

“I campaigned for this office to serve Nigeria’s interests, and I was elected. Some said I would not last in the tribunal and came up with all sorts of predictions, but even when in court, I remained focused.

“We cannot allow Nigeria’s economy to be exploited. We cannot abandon our economy to marauders. I am determined to re-engineer our finances and curb selfish interest.