Senator Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), at the 91st Anniversary of Daily Times and Times heroes awards held at the International Conference Centre in Abuja, called for true federalism in Nigeria.
Tinubu who was represented by Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State, urged the Federal Government to transfer power to component units in the country to allow development and growth.
The APC Chieftain noted that Nigerians needs to start asking why this country even despite the oil boom and other opportunities to become a great nation has remained underdeveloped.
‘‘We must break away from the euthanasia that characterized our major national problems. We need to sum up love of our fellow Nigerians. Such sympathies will compel us to embrace ideas to forge a strong economic and political growth for all Nigerians.
‘‘We must have the boldness to embark on hard work, progressive reforms for material reality. The past calls for present and future planning. Where we stand today as a nation is the child of what we did or failed to do in the past. If we have to build towards a better future, we must do an accurate recounting of that past.
‘‘We must ask what type of Nigeria will Nigeria be ten years to come, if we must give a good reply to that?, we must begin to prepare today, we must speak out on what we must do as Nigerians to construct a better future and life for all. Our successes and failures belong to all of us.
‘‘This is not the time or place to apportion blames instead a time for retrospection and problem solving. If we refuse to cure the wound when the pain is very less painful, due to selfishness and greed on how to resolve our common problem, we will pay dearly for it.
‘‘Our politics has been directed to wrong things as a result of this; our economy has gone so bad. We cannot fool ourselves with promise that the prices oil will rebound and things will return to normal. We must fashion a new economy in the face of the present recession. The end of recession does not translate to beginning of prosperity.’’