President Tinubu Unveils Vision for Stronger Nigeria on 63rd Independence Anniversary
President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, addressed the nation today on the occasion of Nigeria’s 63rd Independence Anniversary. In a speech both reflective and forward-looking, President Tinubu emphasized the unity, resilience, and potential of the Nigerian people.
In his address, President Tinubu paid tribute to the founding fathers and mothers of Nigeria, acknowledging their role in shaping the nation’s journey towards independence. He emphasized the importance of unity and the belief that Nigeria belongs to all its citizens, regardless of ethnicity, religion, or background.
Reflecting on the diversity of Nigeria, President Tinubu described the country as a “broad and dynamic blend of ethnic groups, religions, traditions, and cultures” with strong invisible bonds based on shared aspirations for peace, progress, prosperity, harmony, tolerance, and justice.
The President addressed the challenges faced by the nation, particularly the decision to end the fuel subsidy, which has brought about economic hardships for many citizens. He explained that this move was necessary for the long-term economic stability of the country, emphasizing that reform, although painful, is vital for Nigeria’s progress.
President Tinubu outlined several measures his government is taking to alleviate the economic burden on Nigerians. These include provisional wage increments to enhance the federal minimum wage for the next six months, support for states through an Infrastructure Support Fund, and the introduction of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) buses to lower transportation costs.
In his speech, President Tinubu also pledged to clean up the Central Bank and make monetary policy more equitable. He emphasized the importance of tax reforms to promote economic fairness and development and announced increased investment in micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises to boost employment and urban incomes.
To address the welfare of vulnerable citizens, President Tinubu announced the expansion of cash transfer programs to an additional 15 million households. He also highlighted the government’s commitment to improving security, acknowledging the sacrifices of the security forces and their role in safeguarding Nigeria.
President Tinubu reaffirmed his commitment to making key appointments in accordance with the Constitution, with due regard for women, youth, and the physically challenged. He commended the National Assembly and the judiciary for their roles in Nigeria’s democracy and expressed gratitude to civil society organizations and labour unions for their dedication.
In conclusion, President Tinubu called for unity and emphasized that Nigeria’s journey ahead would be navigated with courage, compassion, and commitment. He invited all Nigerians to join the effort to “remake our beloved nation into its better self.”
As Nigeria marks its 63rd independence anniversary, President Tinubu’s address reflects a call for resilience, reform, and national unity in the face of challenges as the country strives towards a brighter future.