Former Lagos State governor and National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu has said that there is urgent need for the country move towards true federalism.
Tinubu stated this while unveiling the book ‘Making Steady, Sustainable Progress for Nigeria’s Peace and Prosperity’ at the presidential villa, Abuja.
The 360-page book is a mid-term scorecard of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration put together by Presidential Media Team.
The former Lagos State governor said that moving Nigeria in the direction of true federalism remained the best and sure way to grow the economy and improve the standard of living of Nigerians.
Tinubu seized the opportunity as Guest of honour at the launch to explain that President Buhari has changed the Nigerian story for good in the last two years.
He said the country was a sinking ship under the immediate past government of former President Goodluck Jonathan where corruption was the order of the day.
Tinubu stressed that Nigeria was now more prosperous than it was two years ago before the coming on board of the APC government.
He told President Buhari that, “the good that you have started, do it more,”.
According to him, the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan earned a red card on good governance but won a gold medal in corruption.
The former Lagos State governor explained that so much money grew feet and ran faster than the Jamaican runner, Usain Bolt, under the PDP administration.
In the words of Tinubu, the money that should have ordinarily been spent on development was lavished away causing untold hardship for Nigerians.
“The prior government used the public treasury as a private hedge fund or a charity that limited its giving only to themselves.
“So much money grew feet and ran away faster than Usain Bolt ever could. That which could have been spent on national development was squandered in ways that would cause the devil to blush.
“One minister and her rogues’ gallery picked the pocket of this nation for billions of dollars. While poor at governance, these people could give a master thief lessons in the sleight of hand. In governance, they earned a red card but in corruption l, they won the gold medal.
“It was not that our institutions had become infected by corruption. Corruption has become institutionalized,” Tinubu added.
He continued that “corruption has been won as President Buhari has set an axe to what he called, “the root of this dangerous tree.”
Gone are the times when a minister can pilfer billions of dollars as easy as plucking a piece of candy from the table.
“We have much to do to combat this disease. Not only must we track down the takers. In the long term, we must review the salaries of public servants and create universal credits for our people to reduce temptation,” he added.
In his welcome address, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) Boss Mustapha said that the publication is not just a book but a practical guide that the government has made to redeem the country.
Mustapha said the book was a work of partnership between a private sector player and the government.