- APC national leader Tinubu has advised the federal government on some steps to take to improve Nigerians' welfare
- Tinubu urged the Buhari-led government to introduce a huge stimulus package, citing an example of the US government
- The former Lagos governor said this is not the time for the government to be taking any austerity measure
Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has called on the federal government to introduce a stimulus package to mitigate Nigerians' suffering amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The former Lagos governor advised the federal government not to take any austerity measure at the moment, noting that Nigerians are tired of fasting, The Punch reported.
Legit.ng gathers that Tinubu said this at the 12th Bola Tinubu Colloquium held in commemoration of his 69th birthday in Kano on Monday, March 29.
“It is time to put stimulus in place. This is no time for austerity. I hope you listen carefully. This is not the time to constrain the economy. This is the time to create the opportunity.
“If you hear America spending $1.9tn and they are not looking back and they are still asking for $3tn for infrastructure and renewal and creating jobs and your own unemployment rate is 33 per cent and you ask us to keep on fasting. We are not fasting any more.
“We have been fasting for many years. I hope the National Assembly; I hope the President himself will not pay attention to austerity.”
Many Nigerians have taken to social media to express their views regarding Tinubu's message to the federal government. Legit.ng curates a few of the reactions below:
Prince Ajibola Sam Olas said on Facebook:
"Yes from you. A true leader. U fight,ND u win. You keep sow ND keep planting. This is ur time to harvest. I will keep vote for u only because of the sense u HV to take Lagos to a largest economy state"
Emmanuel Abejide said:
"We must never be FOOLED again. All sudden show of concern or sympathy for Nigerians by these politicians is just to deceive but we are now wiser. Nobody will use any crocodile tears or fake sympathetic statements to deceive us again"
Abolaji Ridwan said:
"No matter what you say, I will never support any of you again, see as he's talking as if he's not been living in the same Nigeria."
Alex Martin said:
"Political statement, just because of 2023. This is how they brought Buhari to power, and we all are in the mess now. Our munu never do?"
Olatunji Olusegun said:
"Because 2023 is loading, they will start fooling people again with sweet words, when, Nigeria will never learn from their past mistakes by brought in bad leaders."
Meanwhile, Tinubu has also said the Yoruba activist, Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho and others agitating for the break-up of Nigeria are taking wrong steps.
The APC leader emphasised that unity is key and that the Yoruba and Fulani are one and have to live together.
He said he chose Kano for the colloquium to demonstrate to Nigerians at this critical period that they must remain as one.