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How To Boost Economy—Tinubu

…Urges Politicians To Learn From Ibadan “Obaship’’ Succession

Sen. Bola Tinubu, the National Leader of All Progressives Congress (APC), says Nigerians need to be creative and innovative to develop the economy. He told newsmen in Ibadan on Sunday that the diversification of the nation’s economy was always on the drawing board but had never been implemented. “We keep talking about diversification of the economy. It is always in the drawing board. We never implemented it. ” There are so many ways to create and revitalise this economy; it is not as bad into the future as people make it appear. “The past is nauseating, terrible. There has never been any principle of good governance in the past. It has been cesspool of corruption,” he said. The former Lagos State governor said that Nigerians needed to support and encourage the present administration in its campaign against insurgency and kidnap. “We face the challenge. We accept the need for the diversification of the nation’s economy. “ There are a lot of variables in the oil sector which we have to look at critically. ” We are not the only country that is affected by the effect of this oil crisis. We have to be more creative in a way that will not hurt the welfare of the people,” he said. “We need to look inwardly. There are so many ways and we are blessed to really create local demand, improve our disposable income and manage our own economy. “We have the resources, people and the blessing of both weather and mineral resources but it will take time. “There is a gestation, rearrangement and reengineering necessary for the economy to be beneficial to the people. “We must be patient, we must persevere and the leadership must be creative in order to rejuvenate the economy. Just bear with us,” he added. Speaking on the influx of defectors into the APC, he said that there was the freedom principle which allow citizens to associate with any organisation or political party they want. Tinubu said that the builders of APC must be tolerant and understand the need to check intrusion of corruption and injustice into the party. “You can’t stop that. You cannot discriminate against that. There is nothing we can do about that. “We cannot prevent people from coming in, the more the merrier, the better, the competitiveness,” he said

In another development , the National Leader of APC has said that politicians have a lot to learn from the uniqueness of Ibadan “Obaship’’ succession system. He disclosed this on Sunday in Ibadan during a condolence visit to the palace of the late Olubadan of Ibadan land, Oba Samuel Odulana. Tinubu said that the unique thing to learn from the system was that “once an Oba departs, the successor is already known in the Ibadan succession system’’. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Ibadan Obaship succession is rotated between two lines – “Otun Olubadan’’ and “Balogun’’. The system operates on hierarchy that allows for elevation on every available vacancy. Tinubu said the nation’s political system would have been very smooth and peaceful if such system was emulated. He however noted that the self-centred nature of politicians would never allow it. The former Lagos State governor described the late Olubadan as “a straightforward, honest, humble, diligent, fearless and a democrat per excellence’’. He commended the children of the late monarch for upholding the virtues and legacies of their father. Tinubu also hailed the chiefs for their support and loyalty to the Olubadan during his reign. Similarly, Chief Bisi Akande, the former Interim National Chairman of APC said that the late Olubadan was “a politician, a father and good dictionary that would be greatly missed’’ “The old are our dictionary, whom we consult in unraveling the definition and facts about difficult situations. “The late monarch would be greatly missed for his wise counsel,’’ he said. Akande commiserated with the family and the chiefs, and prayed God to grant the departed peaceful rest. In a response, High Chief Lekan Balogun, the Otun Olubadan of Ibadan, thanked the visitors for their love for the family and Ibadan as a whole. Balogun, who spoke on behalf of the Olubadan-in-Council, said that they were elated over the visit by the dignitaries. Also, Prof. Femi Lana, the eldest child of the late monarch thanked the guests for being in Ibadan to commiserate with the family members and the people of Ibadan. Lana said that the monarch died peacefully after taking the Holy Communion. In the entourage were, Gov. Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo, Sen. Pius Akinyelure and Chief Akin Oke, among others. (NAN)


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