Wednesday, 19 June 2024 04:47

Tinubu urges Nigerians to shift their mindset from stealing cables, vandalising rail tracks

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President Bola Tinubu has called on Nigerians to change their mindset about the country to foster progress. During a visit from a National Assembly delegation in Lagos on the occasion of Eid-el-Kabir, Tinubu emphasized the urgent need for a shift in the national value system to advance the country.

Highlighting acts of sabotage such as the theft of electric cables and rail tracks, Tinubu remarked, “Yes, there is poverty and suffering in the land. We are not the only people facing such challenges, but we must confront our issues head-on.”

The delegation, led by Senate President Godswill Akpabio, included Deputy Senate President Jibrin Barau and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives Benjamin Kalu, among others.

The President stated, “Good economics during harsh times is a challenge we must face. No matter how difficult or challenging, I will not turn my back on Nigeria. There is a need for some citizens to abandon a rent-seeking mindset and become more productive to the economy, halting smuggling and economic sabotage.”

Tinubu stressed the importance of changing the national mindset and value system to address these issues. “Why should we have people removing rail tracks, stealing electric cables, and sabotaging the economy? We must campaign for a change in our value system and mindset,” he said.

The President commended the National Assembly's support for his administration, noting that their cooperation has led to significant developments. “I am proud to have the best partners in the National Assembly. We must be inclusive and dedicated to serving our people despite the daunting challenges. This country must overcome its hardships,” Tinubu stated.

Acknowledging the severe challenges ahead, Tinubu reassured the nation of his steadfast commitment to improvement. “We must eliminate banditry and terrorism so farmers can safely produce food. Without good roads to transport this food, losses of 60-70 percent will incur, leading to higher costs,” he said.

Following the meeting, Akpabio spoke to journalists, expressing gratitude for Tinubu's leadership in his first year.

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