A national leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, has said the lack of performance that characterised past governments in the country would not be tolerated by the current All Progressives Congress administration of Muhammadu Buhari.
He said the government was determined to reverse that trend.
Mr. Tinubu stated this in Abuja on Tuesday while delivering a speech at the 8th Annual Bola Tinubu Colloquium organised to mark his 64th birthday anniversary celebration.
The event was chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari.
“The lack of government performance that has for years been a source of pain is no longer tolerable,” Mr. Tinubu said.
“This government is committed to reversing the trend towards a positive and progressive outcome.
“We have reached the point where we can no longer look the other way because there is longer another way
“If we are to experience a new growth and development, we must do it ourselves. Nigerians must become Nigeria’s lifeline.”
Mr. Tinubu said the APC-led federal government was aware of the challenges that bedevilled the nation and was working to right the wrongs of the past.
According to him, the historic victory of the party had placed on the government a heavy responsibility to right the wrongs of the past years.
“Our path may be tough at present. But I do not entertain fear because I know our people are more resilient than the challenges we face,” he said.
The former governor of Lagos State decried the level of corruption sustained by successive governments over the decades.
This, he said, they did because they believed in weak governance and strong corruption.
He stated, “Those who came before us believed in weak governance but strong corruption.
“They were the authors of the malfeasance and ruthless indifference that enchained this nation and its remarkable people.
“They acted as if their pilferage would never end. But it was ended by the people of this great country.”
The APC leader said those who participated in destroying Nigeria in the past would not partake in rebuilding it because destiny does not believe in failure.
He noted that it would never ask people like that to correct the wrongs they themselves had instituted, stressing ”We can’t expect the author to burn his own book. That group could no more be the rebuilders of a new Nigeria than wind can turn to rock or mud into gold”.
Mr. Tinubu also lamented the dwindling oil prices at the international market, saying it has revealed the fragility of the economic system Nigeria operates.
“The workings of harsh economic reality have revealed the fragility of the economic position we have too long occupied. With the downturn in oil prices, this nation can no longer function as it did.”
Speaking on the theme of the event, ‘Agriculture, Work, Revolution,” Mr. Tinubu said the APC government would soon begin implementation of all the ideas suggested about making agriculture the Nigeria’s main economic base.
He said the party had heard many excellent ideas and suggestions and that he foresaw much of what we heard will soon be implemented policy.
The APC leader assured that “the nation will soon enjoy a rebirth of this vital economic sector.”