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Economy’ll roll back to glory in coming months —Tinubu



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President Bola Tinubu yesterday reviewed the performance of the economy since he assumed office and declared that it would roar back to glory in the coming months.

But he stressed the need for unity of purpose and greater collaboration between the federal government, state governors and federal legislators with a view to achieving national development goals.

President Tinubu spoke through Vice President Kashim Shettima during a visit by state governors and the leadership of the National Assembly in Lagos.

The President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity Ajuri Ngelale quoted his principal as expressing optimism about Nigeria’s economic resurgence and called for collective efforts to propel the nation forward.

He urged unity and collaboration among all stakeholders to achieve shared prosperity.

He promised a brighter future for the nation under his administration.

”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,” he said.

He added: “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.”

Describing 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 testimony of a detribalised leader who has embraced all.

His words: ”This gathering cuts across ethnic, religious and political lines. Here, we have Pastor Eno of Akwa Ibom and Father Hyacinth Alia 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.”

Also speaking, Senate President Godswill 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.

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

Expressing confidence in President Tinubu’s leadership, Akpabio noted that 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, Chairman, Nigeria Governors Forum AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, expressed support for the 700km Lagos-Calabar Coastal Highway, describing it as a huge project that will have a significant impact on the nation when completed.

He commended the President for stabilising the economy and improving living conditions.

He 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.

“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 Kwara State governor said.

He urged President Tinubu to persevere in his efforts to achieve economic stability.

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

He said: ”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.

”Because of what you are doing, those who are hoarding food items are releasing them, and that is why the prices of food are coming down.”

Credit: The Nation