The National leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, on Monday, blamed the current economic recession experienced in Nigeria on lack of solid foundation for development.
Tinubu stated this after observing his Eid prayer at the Dodan Barracks praying ground, Obalende, Lagos, which the Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Dr Idiat Adebule, Majority Leader of the House, Femi Gbajabiamila and others, also attended.
Tinubu, who was ex-governor of Lagos State, said that the ongoing re-strategizing and re-planning embark upon by the President Muhammadu Buhari led administration, to fix the country is key for Nigeria to achieve sustainable national prosperity.
According to him, “Without a good and solid foundation we cannot achieve a sustainable economic prosperity. We depended solely on one channel of revenue which used to give us 150 and suddenly it cut down drastically to 30, catering for the same population. How do you share the 30 among various needs of the country?.
“So, we need to re-strategies and re-plan. But that planning period is always a very difficult period in any family, organization and nation. That is what we are experiencing now, but it is for a better and stronger future. The political and economic stability we are enjoying in Lagos today was as a result of a solid foundation,” he added.
In her message, Adebule urged Nigerians especially the youths, to support the government in rebuilding a new nation by engaging themselves in productive activities that can help to fast track the process of building a viable economy.
She however appealed that the youths desist clandestine activities such as violence, kidnapping, pipeline vandalism, bombing and other vices capable of undermining the ongoing reform agenda of the Federal government.
The deputy governor urged Nigerians to uphold the significance of Eid-el-Kabir which is total trust and obedience to God to accelerate the pace of economic recovery.
She also urged Nigerians to celebrate the salah peacefully and reach out to the less privileged within their environment.
“We can only enjoy Allah’s favour when we totally trust and obey His will. He is our creator and He knows what is best for us as individuals and as a nation, ” she said.
Also speaking, Gbajabiamila, House Leader, House of Representatives urged Nigerians to be patient and not lose hope in President Mohammadu Buhari-led administration as it strives to reform the economy.
According to him, “I urge us to be prayerful and by God’s grace we shall get better and stronger as a nation.”
Commissioner of Police, Lagos Command, Mr. Fatai Owoseni, called for a reflection of the significance of Eid-el-Kabir and modest celebration to reduce incidence of crime.
Owoseni advised residents to be security conscious and cooperate with security agents as they make efforts to ensure a crime-free society.
In his sermon, the Chief Imam of Lagos, Sheikh Garuba Akinola-Ibrahim, called for greater sacrifice from both government and the entire citizens to survive the difficult period of recession in the country.
His words, “In the spirit of Eid-el-Kabir, we urge the government to double up efforts to avoid our situation from getting to a critical stage which can rub off negatively on all government’s achievements so far.
“I also urged the citizens to exercise patience and be prayerful in this trying period. We need to focus on our strength in diversity and utilise our unique gifts to improve our present economy,” the Cleric added.
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