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Nigeria@63: “My husband is not a magician”- Remi Tinubu

Amidst celebrations of Nigeria’s 63rd Independence Anniversary, wife of the nation’s president, Oluremi Tinubu on Sunday, said her husband, President Bola Tinubu is not a magician.

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This was as the president’s wife assured that her husband was working hard to bring an end to the long time suffering of Nigerians without blaming anyone or any administration for the current situation.

Mrs Oluremi Tinubu was speaking at an interdenominational church service organized to mark Nigeria’s 63rd Independence Anniversary in Abuja when she made the statement.

The church service was tagged, “Christ in you, the hope of glory.”

The first lady said, “all we inherited are things that had happened many years ago; we are not here to put blame on any administration but to fix what has been damaged.

“My husband is not a magician; he is going to work and I believe and hope that we will have peace in this country; the best is yet to come to us,” she said.

“Good governance can only be impactful if the people follow the example of Jesus Christ, our Lord, who embodied the fruit of the spirit, including love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance and forgiveness.

“A Nigeria of abundance has begun, and to be part of the greatness that God has started in the nation, Nigerians must look beyond their current realities and embrace hope anew,” she said.

“There is no challenge, obstacle or difficulty that we cannot overcome or surmount if we imbibe the nature of Christ who said in Matthew 11:28 that ‘come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest’.

“In times like these, all we do is to keep our hope alive, the lively hope which Jesus Christ has birthed in us,” she said.

Relatedly, The Nigeria Employers’ Consultative Association, NECA, has reacted to President Tinubu’s independence speech broadcasted earlier on October 1 stating that there is little to cheer in the Presidents’ speech.

The NECA urged the Federal Government to be more definitive in its pronouncements and expedite action on all announced palliatives.

This was made known by the Director-General of NECA, Adewale-Smatt Oyerinde, said who spoke in Lagos on Sunday.

Oyerinde said, “while we commend the President’s commitment to fix the economy and alleviate the suffering of Nigerians and organized businesses, more definitive, broader interventions with timelines for implementation will also be very important.

“The President’s address was full of intent, without definitive timelines for implementation of the laudable plans.”

He noted that “while the announced N25,000 wage adjustment for a section of the public servants; provision of CNG buses and further increase of the social safety nets investments to cover another 15 million households are commendable, the wage award doesn’t take into cognizance the fact that all Nigerians, including organized businesses are affected by the fuel subsidy removal and also need some measure of support.

“Having mentioned the procurement of the CNG buses in his August address to the Nation, we had expected a more definitive and time-bound pronouncement on when the buses will be procured and put to use.

“It is important that the procurement should be accelerated to aid the populace and reduce transportation pressures.

“The need for wider consultation and private sector engagement cannot be over-emphasized.

“While the Government continues to roll out its plans to ameliorate the challenges on the populace, more definite efforts with realistic timelines should be made to revive the economy and the organized private sector being the engine of national development.

“It is not enough for the Federal Government to dole out money in the name of palliatives to state governments, more innovative, effective, and trackable distribution and monitoring mechanisms should also be put in place to measure the impact and efficiency of the implemented schemes.”

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