Details of Friday’s meeting between President Bola Ahmed Tinubu and traditional leaders have been made public. Abiodun Oladunjoye, Director of Information to President Tinubu, revealed the discussion with the royal fathers held under the banner of the National Council of Traditional Rulers of Nigeria (NCTRN). The president updated them on a number of issues, including the decision of his administration to eliminate fuel subsidies, improvements to security, the creation of new jobs, the preservation of the environment and the upcoming election of main leaders in the 10th National Assembly. He has promised an open-door approach in which anyone can reach out to him at any time with questions or concerns.
President Tinubu urged the traditional leaders to convince Nigerians to trust that petrol pump prices will later come down in light of the decision to abolish the fuel subsidy, which was supported by a number of speakers at the conference. He said, “I am grateful you are paying attention to what I have been doing. You have paid attention to the subsidy removal. Why should we, in good heart and sense, feed smugglers and be Father Christmas to neighbouring countries, even though they say not every day is Christmas?” The subsidy was the chance to bring Nigeria to its stance. Nigeria has great potential but no means to pay its workers. According to him, they made the proper choice.
Many initiatives are being taken to advance the country’s economy.
He explained that while the country might not always be right, it must be correct at least 90% of the time for the sake of the country. While President Tinubu acknowledged the need for essential infrastructure in various parts of the country, he promised that any impediment to the advancement of the Nigerian people would be eradicated. Capital projects are often met with complaints about where the funds will come from if the country’s resources and borders are not secured. He also emphasised the need for capital projects to achieve development.
Furthermore, the president reassured the traditional leaders, who had voiced concerns about the difficulties facing the country, that they need not be concerned. He also said that his government is very aware of Nigerians’ expectations. Regarding the National Assembly’s leadership, the president has asked the leader to advise their subjects who are seeking elective positions on the importance of balancing their ambitions and fostering unity among lawmakers. He said he is willing to collaborate with any member of the National Assembly, adding that the success of the Nigeria project is his top priority. Nigeria has to keep going and make progress. He insisted that Nigeria must develop.
Security challenges and oil theft will be tackled effectively.
Addressing the matter of security, the president reaffirmed his promise to the people of Nigeria to make the sector a priority until each and every Nigerian is able to go to sleep with both of their eyes closed. He highlighted that the unity and cohesiveness of the country could not be endangered and said that every part of the country would get what it is due. He also said that the country would get the good it deserves. They plan to address the issue of unemployment among young people. According to him, it is only when there is prosperity in the country that they would be able to provide jobs for the youth.
More so, the theft of crude oil in the Niger Delta region by some people has been condemned by President Tinubu, who stated that it is detrimental to the growth of the economy. The nation must bring those responsible for this sabotage under control, and it will make every effort to ensure that the rich cultural diversity of the country is utilised to promote the nation’s economic progress, development, and social cohesion. This is known as the devolution of power, and it ought to be their contribution to the growth initiatives people are searching for. Similarly, he stated that it will continue in ways that will be beneficial to the people.
Leaders affirm their commitment to the administration.
On their path, the Chairman and Co-Chairman of NCTRN, the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Saad Abubakar, and the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, in separate remarks, assured President Tinubu the backing and allegiance of traditional rulers from each of the country’s six geopolitical zones. They told the president that they would continue to pray for him and his determination to bring the country ahead in accordance with his agenda of Renewed Hope. The Sultan congrats the president and Vice President Kashim Shettima on their triumph, a smooth transition, and assumption of office.