I take full responsibility For Economic Hardship – Tinubu

President Bola Tinubu declared on Wednesday that Nigeria would overcome the current economic crisis, even as he accepted full responsibility for the negative consequences of his policy initiatives.

“Nigeria will overcome its current economic challenges. There’s light at the end of the tunnel. I wanted the position and have no complaints about it. Tinubu addressed Afenifere leaders at Pa Reuben Fasoranti’s mansion in Akure, Ondo State, saying, “I take full responsibility.”

Ajuri Ngelale, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, declared this in a statement issued on Wednesday and titled, “President Tinubu: I take full responsibility for the nation; we are building an efficient Nigeria that is inclusive and fair to all Nigerians.”

Tinubu emphasised his commitment to leading Nigeria towards economic and social prosperity, saying, “Nigeria will survive the current economic challenges. There is light at the end of the tunnel. I requested the job, and I am not complaining about it. I take full responsibility.

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“We are meeting our obligations to the international community. To lenders, we have not defaulted, and we are not going to default. We are navigating the twists and bends on the road to Nigeria’s prosperity.”

On reforming Nigeria, Tinubu said his task will be to ensure fiscal and true federalism, as well as the broad-based manifestation of the philosophy of “what is sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander.”

He acknowledged the understanding and support of all Nigerians in the face of the harsh but temporary economic conditions, assuring them that their patience and perseverance will not be fruitless.

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“The economic challenges we have endured since assuming office are not new to me. As the former Governor of Lagos State, I faced similar calls for my resignation.

“But, through perseverance, Lagos emerged as the fifth largest economy in the entire continent of Africa. We must manage this moment with wisdom and grow Nigeria responsibly.

“I campaigned for this office to serve Nigeria’s interests, and I was elected. Some said I would not last in the tribunal and came up with all sorts of predictions, but even when in court, I remained focused.

“We cannot allow Nigeria’s economy to be exploited. We cannot abandon our economy to marauders. I am determined to re-engineer our finances and curb selfish interests permanently,” he stated.

Speaking on behalf of Afenifere, Chief Olu Falae, a former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, who read Fasoranti’s address, commended Tinubu for his commitment to Nigeria’s progress and expressed support for his administration’s efforts.

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“You have kept your word to return to this place where we all prayed for you, and this shows that you are a man of your word,” the elder statesman stated.

Fasoranti asked the President to be fair and courageous, declaring that such traits were the hallmark of the Afenifere family.

“Today, you are carrying our flag. We are noted for integrity, competence, fairness, and courage. Your performance so far has shown that you understand the full gravity of your mandate, which is to show the Nigerian people that a good government is possible,” he said.

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