The presidential candidate of All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has pledged to honour all his campaign promises to Nigerians. Tinubu spoke in Lagos, yesterday, at an endorsement rally, organised by the Arewa Community, ahead of next month’s presidential election.
The event, which held at Mobolaji Johnson Stadium, Onikan, saw people from the northern states offer their support for the presidential aspiration of Tinubu, who they described as a detribalised Nigerian.
The APC presidential candidate promised that under his leadership, Nigerians would live in peace regardless of ethnicity and religious differences. He 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.”
In his prepared speech, the former Lagos State governor also assured that his government would be for all Nigerians, not favouring any religion or tribe. He said a testament to this was when he, as Lagos State governor, appointed people into the state cabinet from other regions of the country.
“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,” he said. On his plans for the country, most especially for the north, Tinubu promised to tackle the security situation being experienced across the country, stating that the economy cannot 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 current 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 is improved, to allow more people start up small businesses to feed their families.