- Says Nigeria going through challenging moment
By John Shiklam in Kaduna
Leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, stumbled but quickly regained his balance after missing his steps on arrival at the Arewa House on Saturday.
The former Lagos state governor was in Kaduna for the 11th Sarduna Memorial Lecture which held at the Arewa House.
Tinubu who arrived the venue of the event at about 12 noon, missed his steps on his way to the high table, fell on a chair before he was quickly helped to his feet by aides.
There was however no indication that he was injured in the incident as he walked briskly to his seat.
In his opening address, the APC chieftain who was the chairman of the occasion, said the late Sir Ahmadu Bello, the Sardauna of Sokoto worked together with other “shining lights such as the late sage Papa Obafemi Awolowo and the esteemed Nnamdi Azikiwe, to help establish Nigeria as one indivisible and independent nation.
According to him, “It is the is the foundation laid by these extraordinary men that we must continue to build so that Nigeria may achieve its manifest destiny and realise the promise of a greatness too long deferred.”
Tinubu said, Nigeria was going through its try moment, noting that besides, its internal challenges, the challenges of COVID-19 pandemic, with its debilitating impact on the global and domestic economies had dealt a deadly blow.
He however said President Muhammadu Buhari had been effectively steering the country through the pandemic “such that the negative impact on us and the economy has not been as harsh as it might have been.”
“The economy’s relapse into recession has ended but we must admit the economy remains weak with too much unemployment and resources left idle. Cost of governance is always a key factor in the socio-economic development of any nation.
“But it is also one side of an important coin. We must not look at the cost alone. We must weigh the cost against the benefits derived therefrom.
“For example, one can pay a high cost on a productive enterprise but reap a higher benefit…
“However, one can pay a low cost but reap no benefit at all because the endeavour was inherently unproductive.
“This would be a waste. Thus, we must be careful in what we say and truly mean when we talk of the costs of governance”, he said