Ahmed Bola Tinubu
Former Lagos State governor and Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) national leader, Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has said opposition leaders will remain resolute in their desire to reconstruct Nigeria into a better country.
Tinubu said there were leaders in the country with the ability and capability to turn the nation around by chasing away, “the demons, whose activities have remained a source of impediment to the general growth of the Nigerian society”.
Speaking Saturday at the Kano University of Science and Technology (KUST) Wudi, where he was conferred with an honorary doctorate degree, the ACN leader stated, “History teaches that those who stay resolute shall win in the end. We are resolute for there is no shame in wanting democracy, no shame in wanting prosperity, fighting against poverty, ignorance and disease, just as there is also no shame in believing in justice, striving for a better life and demanding good governance.”
The ACN leader was conferred with Doctor of Science, Honaris Causa in recognition of his contribution to the development of academics.
He said: “A heavy cloud hovers overhead and there seems to be no woe by which we are not besieged: poverty, unemployment, diseases, religious and ethnic divides as well as terror. Sadly, our house is weak because of poor infrastructure.
“All that is needed to address the country’s problem is to possess the willpower to face the challenges, and education plays a vital role in this direction”.
Tinubu added: “To lift this nation from its low state, you must equip the people with the knowledge needed to face the challenges on ground. Education is a practical dynamic thing that must be adapted to our needs and reflect our circumstance; it must give us the skills needed to become architects of the destinies we seek and not idle bystanders in our lives.”
The award ceremony was turned into a political rally of sort with the attendance of the Congress for Progressive Change leader and presidential candidate of the party in the 2011 election, Major-General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd), House of Representatives Speaker Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, Governors of Ogun and Oyo states, Senator Ibikunle Amosun and Senator Abiola Ajimobi, former Ogun State Governor Olusegun Osoba and former EFCC Chairman Nuhu Ribadu.
Tinubu said an effective educational system must turn people into positive, social and economic agents. “We should not abide by a system whereby 1.7 million candidates seek admission to universities, where only 5000 places exist in both private and public universities.”
Lamenting over the dangers of unemployment, he described as a costly waste to educate children with knowledge irrelevant to the society as it makes little sense “to give our people skills for jobs that do not exist, while the work at hand goes undone because of lack able labour.
“We shall create the change that will render extinct Boko Haram and other violent movements across the land. In the face of increasing progress and prosperity, such groups shall remain where they belong; small, fringe and inconsequential. By wedding innovative technology and good governance, we guide the nation to her better future”.
He also noted that, “There will be no need to even contemplate a state of emergency in Nigeria, there will only be a nation and 36 states of emergence towards development, prosperity and hope”.
Tinubu, however, pledged to build a science incubator that will be a reservoir of knowledge where students can create websites to enhance their academic performance.
He described the award as a symbol of unity, saying that the institution realised the fact that, “we are one in Nigeria regardless of cultural, religion or political differences. I am touched to the heart by this expansive gesture. In doing this, you ignored the imaginary divide between North and South because of your nationalistic courage; you recognise no such divide exists except in the minds of those who would keep us down, divided and at each other’s throats.
“In your wisdom, you realise that we are one. Come what may, we shall remain one. I commend your courage and wisdom. You must maintain this standard because we need this type of courage and wisdom to see our nation through its current tumult. Although storms break all around us, we shall not faint. We shall not cower in fear for our purpose is right and our ways are democratic and just,”
Tinubu eulogised Kano State Governor Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso, saying hse is an exemplary leader.