*Lagos Arewa community endorses APC candidate
Presidential Candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, yesterday, at a rally organised by the Arewa Community at the Mobolaji Johnson Stadium, Onikan, Lagos, ahead of next month’s presidential election, pledged to honour all his promises, adding that under his leadership, Nigerians would live in peace regardless of ethnicity and religious differences.
This is as the Arewa Community in Lagos, have also declared support for the APC candidate in recognition of his leadership record in the state.
The former Lagos State governor, who also assured the people that his government would be for all Nigerians, and not favouring any religion or tribe, said, “My respect for this country will continue to increase, and I will honour all my pledges that we all will live in harmony. We belong in each other’s hearts,” he noted
He said a testament to this was when, as Lagos State governor, he appointed people into the state cabinet from other regions of the country.
According to him, “From the moment I enlisted in politics, I have always been nationalistic and detribalised in my approach. I do not operate on the basis of ethnicity, region or religion. I have friends and associates in all corners of this country.
“As governor of Lagos State, I constituted a cabinet, comprising competent people from all parts of Nigeria. We had the Yoruba, as we had the Igbo and Arewa. What was important to me was not your ethnicity or creed; it was your competence and the value you would bring to governance and people. To replicate this feat for the country is why I have offered myself for the presidency.”
On his plans for the country, especially for the north, Tinubu promised to tackle the security being experienced across the country, stating that the economy could not thrive in an insecure environment.
He added, “If elected president, my highest priorities shall be the protection of our land and prosperity of its people. I shall tackle this nation’s problems with a commitment to solving them.
“I will give priority to confronting security, making the economy one of widely shared prosperity and paying special attention to agriculture like the present government of President Muhammadu Buhari.
“On security, my policy is not artificial created to sound good for this campaign. Our security policy is based on dedicated study and long conversations with experts in this field.
“I used the same approach to tackle the bad security situation that faced me when I became governor of Lagos. I created programmes and institutions to solve the real and dangerous challenges Lagos faced. I shall increase security personnel and better equip them. Advanced air and ground surveillance technology will identify, track and attack the criminals until they are utterly defeated.”
He also promised to provide jobs for the nation’s youths, while also ensuring that electricity generation was improved to allow more people to start up small businesses to feed their families.
He added that great attention would be given to agriculture, to ensure that there was increased food security through enhanced productivity and improved farm incomes, thus returning farming to its prominent position.
He said massive investments would be made in road and rail infrastructure to ensure easy movement of goods and products while also strengthening the education sector to guarantee the future and guide the youth toward better lives.
“We will invest in the Kolmani Oil Wells Project inaugurated by President Buhari and indeed in all vital infrastructural projects such as the Mambilla Power Project, the AKK gas pipeline projects.
“We shall revive our inland waterways through the dredging of the River Niger and make sure we cut down on our steel import bill by making the Ajaokuta Steel Company work,” he added.
However, the Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, said Nigeria was a country of diversity and noted that Tinubu had demonstrated that he could utilise the country’s diversity for development and prosperity.
“He is a symbol of unity, a product of unity in diversity. He is the right person to be endorsed by Arewa and the best for the presidency,” he said.
Chairman of the Arewa Community in APC, Alhaji Saadu Yusuf Gulma Dandare, also said Tinubu had done a lot for Lagos and Nigeria, and that if the country has more of him in each geopolitical zones, it would be a better place and the people would not be flocking to Lagos.