2023: North will support Tinubu if he contest for President – Ahmed Kabir

Commissioner for Waterfront Infrastructure Development, Arc. Hon.Ahmed Kabir Abdullahi says the North will fully support former Lagos State governor, Sen. Bola Tinubu, if he decides to contests for president in 2023.

The Commissioner in an interview with newsmen in Kaduna said its support was in the national interest.

Arc. Ahmed Kabir Abdullahi said that the choice of Tinubu was also premised on the sterling records of his achievements, especially in the areas of human development, democracy and peace building.

According to him, Tinubu’s detribalised nature is second to none, judging from the composition of his government as Lagos State governor, which encompassed all tribes.

The Commissioner said this was in addition to the All Progressives Congress (APC) national leader’s love for national unity and development.

“If you critically take stock of Nigeria’s past and present leaders and their contributions to human development, you would see that Tinubu believes that the true essence of leadership is planting life-time seeds.

“He is the only leader alive today that has demonstrated such.

“Look at those he has empowered politically and entrepreneurially across the country, you would not but concede to the fact that his definition of leadership is empowerment.

“So, the barometer to measure a true leader is from those he has built, and without mentioning names, the list is endless,” he said.

He explained that Tinubu’s believe in a democratic, peaceful and united Nigeria is unquestionable.

“Without mincing words, Tinubu was frontal to achieving the democracy we are enjoying today.

“Tinubu with other pro-democratic personalities across the country stood firm during the military junta to ensure that Nigeria returned to a democratic government even at the expense of their lives.

“If you carefully consider all he has done for the country so far, you would understand that he is the kind of leader Nigerians presently want,” he said.

The commissioner further maintained that Tinubu has more supporters across the country than he even imagines.

National Integration : Gov. Ganduje Takes Tinubu To Kano Emir’s Palace

    – As Asiwaju commends Kano, Lagos for spearheading integration process 

To help further strengthen national integration for national growth and development, governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano state, takes the former Lagos state governor and National Leader of All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, to Kano Emir’s Palace for a courtesy visit to the Emir Aminu Ado Bayero, ahead Tinubu’s Colloquim celebration slated for tomorrow, Monday. 

Governor Ganduje briefed the Emir that, “His Excellency Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the National Leader of our great party, APC, is in Kano for a special visit to the Emirate, for national cohesion, sight seeing to see our modest development in the state and to attend his Colloquim.”

“In each of his Birthday’s year, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu organises Colloquim, where national issues are taken for deliberations among Nigerians. This shows how concerned he is with the development of this country,” he explained. 

He added that, they were at the Palace, when they found it necessary that, Asiwaju had to pay homage to the “…custodian of culture and religion of the people of Kano state.”

Tinubu appreciated that, “We are happy that the culture, value and good character of our late father, Emir Ado Bayero, are still visible for us, his children to see.”

“We are here to pay courtesy visit to our brother. We are praying for God guidance and good health for the life of this Palace. It is clear to all, that without peace and stability there will be no progress and development,” he reminded. 

He added, “Kano and Lagos states are promoting peace and stability together. This is a good development. God bless you, give you peaceful reign and God Bless Kano state.”

Emir Bayero in his brief remarks said “We are commending you for attending Arewa House, Kaduna, Lecture. This shows how patriotic you are. In the last 5 years I attended similar Colloquim in Lagos. We saw how you (Tinubu) went round places, which shows how you become a unifying factor.”

As the governor was taking Tinubu to inspect some projects in the state, Emir Bayero requested “Your Excellency we are requesting that let the inspection visit be limited to some projects. Because the projects are many, it will take you many days to finish. So please let him go to some and we will go round the remaining for him.”

​Insecurity: Tinubu calls for massive investment to tackle unemployment

Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, the National leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has called on the Federal Government to invest massively on job creation to tackle insecurity and unemployment in the country.

Tinubu made the appeal in a remark at the opening of the 2021 annual Arewa House Lectures, which he chaired on Saturday in Kaduna.

The lecture was on “Reduction of the Cost of Governance for Inclusive Growth and Youth Development in Northern Nigeria in a Post- COVID-19 era”.

He said that government must urgently think outside of the box in finding solutions to the challenges posed by unemployment.

According to him, the frustration and despair among the youth was largely caused by chronic poverty and breakdown in social institutions.

“Building vital infrastructure such as irrigation and water catchment systems will help agriculture, arrest desertification and provide jobs.

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“Another readily available area primed for investment is the agro allied industry which, for the northern region is particularly advantageous,” he said.

Tinubu added that government must implement a national industrial policy to encourage key industries to begin to employ the country’s growing population.

On the herder and farmer dispute, the former Lagos State Governor said the government “must appreciate that martial security measures alone will not suffice”.

“Problems that are essentially of an economic origin must also have an economic solution.

“Enhanced security may be the necessary first step, but it cannot be the only step.

“We cannot resolve this problem by holding on to one-dimensional answers. We must all be dispassionate in our search for solutions.

“These challenges are multi-faceted and so the solutions must be.

“The issue of insecurity, unemployment and extremism has many things to do with governance, over time. We must tackle our deep and widespread poverty.

“If we limit government’s role under the erroneous assumption that government spending is intrinsically unproductive, then we tether ourselves to failure.”

He also cautioned those advocating for “small government”, advising them to learn from history.

“We would do well to more critically study how other populous nations such as the UK, US, Germany and China charted their course during their formative years.

“You will see that they did not adhere to small government or the purportedly free market.

“Government engaged in massive spending on infrastructure and education while also engaging in policies that protected industrial development and key aspects of the agricultural sector.

“Only when they matured and held advantages over other nations, did the UK and US begin to champion free markets and small government.

“We would do well to understand this history and learn what it means for our own pursuit of development,” Tinubu added.

He also cautioned against the assumption that government spending was unproductive.

“The development of any populous nation has always been dependent on the ability of government to allocate sufficient funds to projects and programs that create and encourage enduring growth and employment.

“We must reject that mode of thinking that assumes government expenditure is inherently unproductive as well as harmful to the overall economy.

“It is not the fact that government expenditure is intrinsically wrong any more than one can say all private sector activity is economically positive.

“Government can be wasteful or it can be the key component to growth just as a private sector business can function profitably or spend itself into bankruptcy.

“The issue is not whether government is spending money or not. The real issue is the economic utility and quality of the expenditure,” the Asiwaju said.

Tinubu suggested fiscal wisdom in running the nation’s economy, which he noted was weak due to the efforts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Fiscal wisdom but not necessarily austerity is required for an economy like ours in a time like this, to ensure equitable wealth redistribution and meaningful use of resources.

“The years have shown that the private sector is much too weak to spur the growth we need.

“If the private sector could manage this feat, it would have already done so. Where the private sector is too weak or unable, the government must fill the void.

“This means government must not be afraid to embark on an activist fiscal policy to create jobs, build infrastructure and develop our industrial sector as well as continue to improve agriculture.

“This means government must spend money on those things that bring the requisite economic returns for the nation,” he said.

Tinubu advised states and local governments to shape their budgets to suit their revenues, as federal government spend more to create more jobs for the youth.

This, he said was to eradicate restiveness and sundry criminality among the youth.

On the effects of COVID-19 on the economy, Tinubu advised the government to provide more stimulus packages to revive the fledgling economy.

“In the midst of our local challenges came the COVID-19 pandemic, with its debilitating impact on the global and domestic economies.

“Nigeria, like many other countries, has not been spared the impact of the pandemic.

“Commendably, however, President Muhammadu Buhari has been carefully steering the country through the pandemic such that the negative impact on us and the economy has not been as harsh as it might have been.

“The economy’s relapse into recession has ended, but we must admit the economy remains weak with too much unemployment and resources left idle,” he added.

He stressed that nations that recovered most quickly from the 2009 economic crisis and now from COVID-19 were those that engaged most in government stimulus spending.

​AFCON 2021: Nigeria Defeats Benin to qualify

The Super Eagles of Nigeria defeated the Squirrels of Benin Republic by a lone goal on Saturday to secure their qualification for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations to be held in Cameroon next year.
The injury time goal by Paul Onuachu at the Stade Charles de Gaulle, Porto Novo, ensured that the three time African champions retained top spot in Group L.
With one match remaining in the qualifiers, Nigeria now has 11 points, followed by Benin Republic with 7 points.
Earlier in the day, a barren draw between Lesotho and Sierra Leone in the group’s other match had already cleared Nigeria’s passage to the tournament.
Nigeria’s final AFCON qualifying match will be against Lesotho at the Teslim Balogun stadium in Lagos.

CAF had recently increased the number of groups from 4 to 6, meaning the number of teams that will participate in the continental showpiece has increased from 16 to 24.
Of the teams that have qualified for the Mundial, Gambia and Comoros Islands will be making their debut in the competition with Nigeria set to make her 19th appearance at the tournament.