President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has he never envisioned becoming the president of the country.
According to Dele Alake, Tinubu said this while addressing the class of 1999 Governors at Aso Villa’s council chamber in Abuja.
The ex-governors gathered at the State House to express solidarity with Tinubu, who served as governor of Lagos State from May 1999 to 2007.
“We served as governors and sat in this Council Chamber. All I wanted was democracy and the salvation of the country. I never thought I was going to be here as President, but God Almighty has brought me,’’ the President said.
He assured the governors and Nigerians that he would work towards “unity, equity, stability, and prosperity of the country’’.
My commitment to that democratic value is unwavering. I am overwhelmed and honored by the numbers of you here. I have an open door policy. You are my advisers. We went into the pond and wrestled with a pig. We got dirty, and cleaned up. That is why I am here today, he said.
While noting that the country would not make meaningful progress unless electricity were fixed, President Tinubu assured that his administration would harness gas resources and explore every opportunity to ensure stable power generation and supply.
On security, the President, who had earlier met with Borno State Governor Babagana Zulum to review the situation in the North East, urged Nigerians, particularly those in Plateau State, to use dialogue to resolve conflicts.
Former governors urged the President to pursue his vision for a greater Nigeria with vigour, tenacity, and resilience, expressing confidence in their support for development policies and promising to provide the necessary social structure for its realisation.
We are here with you. We are your foot soldiers, and you can tap into our experience. You are a person who believes in Nigeria. With your good leadership, Nigeria will take its place,’ Igbinedion, Chairman, Class of 1999, said.