President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has urged Nigerians to endure the current hardship in the country, saying that he is not in a hurry to fix Nigeria. He said he is taking “baby steps” as President and asked for prayers and support from the citizens.
Tinubu made this statement on Thursday during a visit to the palace of the Alake and the paramount ruler of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo, in Ogun State. He said he was determined to deliver on his campaign promises, but Nigerians should not expect quick solutions to the challenges facing the nation.
“Let’s go through these baby steps of faith. I am taking baby steps as President. Let’s not be in a hurry. Be ready for this. Maintain an open-door policy. Let the freedom flow. Let the confidence return. This country is the only country we have. I’ve been a refugee, and I know what it means to be a refugee,” Tinubu said.
He also said that he was aware of the economic difficulties Nigerians were facing, but assured them that his government was working to bring positive changes.
“Having achieved the prayer point of ‘Emilokan’, what I ask for is prayer for this country. I am determined to help our country, to steer the ship of the nation, and to deliver on all the promises that were made,” he said.
He added: “I am here still making that pledge of the campaign promises. There’s no difference between us and any other member of the Nigerian public. I said in France, that we are children of the same parents, living in the same house, but we are only sleeping in different bedrooms. Just recognise that.”
Tinubu also thanked the traditional rulers and political leaders in Ogun State for their support and cooperation. He said he was overwhelmed by the reception he received and expressed his gratitude to Oba Gbadebo and other dignitaries present.
“This visit, I didn’t know that it would be like this. I only wanted to sneak in and sneak out; now I know exactly what it is to be a President. It is awesome,” he said.
He concluded by saying: “Please, we need your prayers, we need your support; we need your interventions so that the economic prosperity of this nation being opened up will affect every one of you positively.”