Tinubu meets Muslim leaders and promises to diversify the economy | Bot To News


The presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, on Sunday promised that his administration would revive the manufacturing sector and diversify the economy for the benefit of all.

The former governor of Lagos State stated this according to a statement issued by his media aide, Mr. Tunde Rahman, during a town hall meeting with South West Muslim leaders in Ibadan, Oyo State.

Tinubu said: “In terms of the economy, we are working to fix the very structure of the economy. We can no longer thrive as an economy based on the extraction of natural resources.

“We need to become a dynamic, diverse economy where those who want to work can find good jobs. But let’s also be a compassionate enough society to help those who can’t help themselves.

“We need to revive manufacturing and industrial growth to create jobs and produce goods and services that improve the everyday life of the average person.

“We are aiming for at least six percent growth annually through the reform of our industrial policy, improvement of infrastructure, innovation in the power sector and significant budget reform.”

The APC candidate also called on religious leaders to encourage their followers to come out and vote in the upcoming elections.

“I am asking you to urge your followers to come out and vote and to do so wisely. Vote for the candidate who has a vision for a peaceful, prosperous Nigeria where tolerance and compassion uphold our constitutional and legal rights. My commitment to justice and fairness is consistent with the principles of the Islamic faith.

“A leader in a plural society like ours is commanded to be the leader of all. If elected, I will rule fairly and democratically in accordance with the constitution of our nation,” he added.

Also speaking at the event, the President of Muslim Mind of South West Nigeria, Alhaji Rasaki Oladejo, noted that the event offered the APC candidate an opportunity to talk to Muslim leaders in the South West about his plans for the nation if elected, “Especially how he could make the country a land of great opportunity, where no one will be oppressed.”

The National Chief Missionary of Anwar-ur-Deen Movement, Sheikh Ahmad Abdulrahman, said: “The purpose of the meeting was not to campaign or support Asiwaju or any candidate but to seek and understand and see if Asiwaju Tinubu can still work for the country as he did as Governor of Lagos State.”

Knocking for Atika

Meanwhile, the APC campaign council on Sunday urged Nigerians not to fall for the “sugar coated” promises of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar.

This came just hours after Atiku pledged to give all Abuja indigenes their rights and appointments if elected.

Atiku made the pledge at the PDP presidential rally in Abuja on Saturday, along with a promise to secure the ambitions of the people of Abuja in the revised constitution.

However, the APC presidential campaign council opposed Atiku’s proposed development, warning that the opposition flag bearer is trying too hard to mislead the people with empty promises.

This was disclosed in a statement issued by the Director of Media and Publicity for the APC PCC, Bayo Onanuga on Sunday in Abuja.

Onanuga said the party, which should be forever shamed for its appalling record in governance between 1999 and 2015, is busy trying to rewrite history and embellish the ‘year of the locusts’ as if it was a golden era in Nigeria’s history.

He said: “Nigerians must be warned to be wary of sugarcoated promises by former Vice President Atiku Abubakar and his Peoples Democratic Party as they embark on their exaggerated and desperate campaign to gain power at any cost.

“What is more shocking is the audacity of Atiku to stand up and ask for our votes despite what his boss, President Olusegun Obasanjo, wrote about him in his book ‘My Hour’. Obasanjo wrote that it would be an unforgivable mistake and a sin against God to impose it on Nigeria. Obasanjo believes in it until tomorrow.”

Onanuga accused Atiku of “spewing a series of lies, making empty promises and presenting a false narrative of our present reality and the legacy of the 16-year ignoble era of the PDP administration of which he was the main actor.

“He claimed at a rally in Abuja on Saturday that the country is not safe for trading and farming, a false narrative he has been spreading for some time since he moved to Nigeria from his base in Dubai, mainly to contest elections. .”



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