Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, National leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, and former governor of Lagos State, has applauded the newly established federal cabinet of the President Muhammad Buhari’s administration, assuring that “Nigerians are in safe hands.”
Tinubu, who spoke to a large crowd during the launch of the Mile 12-Ikorodu Road expansion and Bus Rapid Transit, BRT, operation with 434 buses for the pilot scheme, assured Nigerians and the global community that the nation was being managed by credible personalities that will restore the glory of Nigeria.
The launch by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State was graced by prominent personalities led by Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State and top government functionaries, traditional rulers, market women, among others.
The APC national leader said, “We will continue to develop this country to compete with the superpowers. When we started the urban renewal, they thought that we were lost and had no vision. But they do not know about the planning period that is required to modernize any decay in government.
“Today, it is applicable to President Muhammadu Buhari. The planning period that it is taking to re-engineer and re-design the governance of Nigeria was the same method they were blaming us for then.
“They called me ‘go slow’ and at that time, I was complaining about the paucity of funds.
“Oil was selling at about $11 per barrel and I said that we will be out of it soon and people said that I should go and do my plan and stop the lamentation.
“But my cabinet, including Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State and the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, were part of that dream and the vision for the mission to reclaim and redevelop Lagos State.”
He further expressed optimism that the immediate past governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola, now Minister for Power, Works and Housing, and other newly confirmed ministers, would succeed in their various ministerial responsibilities.
Tinubu said, “Leadership is about how many other leaders one is able to discover to do great things for the country. We deserve what we are getting in Lagos; success, continuity and good governance.
“For instance, Ambode did not lobby for the seat of Lagos, but we discovered him. I am now a great grandfather.
“You could see that when the announcement was made yesterday, Lagos State took the front seat in Fashola and we believe that he will succeed and many of them, too. Nigeria is now in good hands.”