The former Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola (SAN), believes that he can contribute to the development and growth of the nation without holding a public office.
He said he does not require a title or position to serve in President Bola Tinubu’s administration.
Fashola, who has a long-standing association with Tinubu, made these comments during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) at the Lagos State University.
He was delivering a keynote address at the institution’s research and innovation fair.
When asked about his role in the current federal administration and whether he hopes to secure an appointment, Fashola emphasized the importance of having more generous and selfless individuals in positions of power.
He said, “I do not need a title to serve: the president can only appoint at least one minister, for example, from each state which he has done that.
“There are just enough places in parastatals, they are doing that; we are estimated to be 200 million, so there are not enough offices to take everybody.
“All of us must play our roles as citizens, and a citizen does not need a title to serve”
Fashola stated that the Tinubu administration is nurturing the next generation of leaders.
“The biggest title you need is being citizen and playing our role; we are also talking about the next generation.
”If some do not move on, where is the place for the next batch?”
He expressed his optimism for a more youthful involvement in these spaces.