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Tinubu: Nigeria is Drifting

18 Feb 2012

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Former Lagos State Governor, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu

Former Lagos State Governor, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, said Friday that Nigerians must sit down and talk, warning President Goodluck Jonathan that the country is drifting.

Tinubu was speaking against the backdrop of renewed agitation for the convocation of a national conference in the country to discuss the nation’s problems.

President Jonathan must urgently organise a genuine dialogue to halt Nigeria from drifting and save the country, he said.

The Action Congress of Nigeria National Leader spoke in Ilesa, Osun State after he was conferred with the Muslim title of Agba-Akin Adinni of Ijesaland.

"Nigerians must sit down round a table and talk," Tinubu said, adding that, "Nigerians have the right to demand for another constitution.  To insist otherwise is not to serve the cause of justice and fairness."

President Jonathan has advised those agitating for a national conference to avail themselves of the opportunity of the Justice Belgore Committee.

He said the committee was set up to bring up all those issues which have been agreed upon at previous national conferences for presentation as bills to the National Assembly and subsequent passage into law, while a larger body will meet and on issues that are still controversial for a national consensus.

Tinubu said the president must realise that the will of one man, even if he is the president of the country cannot trump the collective will of the people and that is, he added, to restructure the Nigerian federation for productivity and development.

He maintained that if the president was thinking a national conference could break up Nigeria, he could be mistaken as it appeared Nigerians had resolved to stay together, though under new terms that would deepen democracy, spread development and promote prosperity.

"We have decided to stay united.  We are joined at the hip," he said.

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  • I am a Nigerian in diaspora. While recent events have called to question and need to deeply search for a way forward for Nigeria, I firmly believe that Nigeria must stay united. The fact that the current president is from the south and a christian, who also won resoundingly in both north, south, east and west emphatically reaffirms the fact that Nigeria as a democratic nation has finally come of age !!
    We must now continue to build on these achievements and forge ahead in our infrastructure development. Energy should be directed at building hospitals, roads, transportation, electricity and revolutionise agriculture so that there will be plenty to eat.
    I had the previledge to have attended university at a time when antimalaria tablets where served to all students every sunday plus delicious meal of curry chicken and fried rice. Mosquito nets where provided for every bed in the hostels. The Library was well stocked with books and you could search for any articles on earth through the library. Lecturers were very committed to teaching.
    Oh before I forget, the drains where cleared regularly, insect and mosquito repellants were sprayed very friday along the streets of Yaba. where ? Lagos, Nigeria. I was then attending primary school at Ladi- lak.
    Nigerian Airways was the pride of the nation. My very first flights to London and New York was with Nigerian Airways. Services were superb and better than what BA provided at the time.

    Nigerians must now focus their Energy to rebuild and recapture her lost glory. National conference should now be on how to pull Nigeria towards industrial revolution. A couple of years ago the national conference was on the constitution , we must now move the agenda forward !!
    Those who lost in the last elections must wait till the next general elections to reapply. To expect to bring Nigeria to her knees because a particular ruling class lost out is disingenious.
    Long the federal republic of NIGERIA.
    Obioma Nwaefulu

    From: Obioma Nwaefulu

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Yes Nigeria is drifting because of the activities and corrupt influences of people like Tinubu? Sago nbugo.

    From: Bimbo

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • INDEED TINUBU, IS A VERY SINCERE POLITICIAN...

    From: Ugo-Law.

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Sovereign national conference is good, but how are the members of the conference going to be selected or elected?. What are they going to say, when they get there?. Are they really going there to represent the whole Nigeria or themselves?. Instead of sovereign National conference, why not call for a referendum on some fundamental issues that are dragging us back and let Nigerians vote yes or no or each of the issues, instead of some self seeking individual going to a conference to bolster their own political career.

    From: Abbey

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  • Sovereign national conference is good, but how are the members of the conference going to be selected or elected?. What are they going to say, when they get there?. Are they really going there to represent the whole Nigeria or themselves?. Instead of sovereign National conference, why not call for a referendum on some fundamental issues that are dragging us back and let Nigerians vote yes or no or each of the issues, instead of some self seeking individual going to a conference to bolster their own political career.

    From: Abbey

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  • Tinubu and his likes could not stop the country from drifting when they were in government for eight years while OBJ was president. Why does he thing he can do it now?

    That does not mean that all is well though. But when this group of people start talking as if they have not been in government before, it is irritating. He was a very active member of the governors forum for that matter.

    From: Joseph Ubiagba

    Posted: 2 years ago

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