By: Ogunleye Oluwapelumi
President Bola Tinubu has promised to invest heavily in transportation infrastructure, education, regular power supply, healthcare, and other public utilities that will improve the quality of life for Nigerians.
Speaking in his maiden Democracy Day address, Tinubu acknowledged the hardship faced by Nigerians in the aftermath of the fuel subsidy removal, but argued that the temporary discomfort was necessary to save the country from going under. He said his administration would “reward” the sacrifices made by Nigerians with massive investment in public services.
Tinubu also emphasized the importance of upholding the rule of law and ensuring that everyone is held accountable for their actions. He said his administration would not condone conflicting and illegal orders that undermine Nigeria’s democracy. Tinubu described the bill he signed into law on June 8 for the harmonization of the retirement age for judicial officers as one of many policy reforms to come.
The President paid tribute to Chief MKO Abiola, the winner of the June 12, 1993 presidential election, whom he described as the symbol of democracy. Abiola died in suspicious circumstances after his election was annulled by the late Gen Sani Abacha. Tinubu said that for Abiola, democracy is eternal, and promised to continue working to build a more prosperous and just society in his memory.
Tinubu’s commitment to investing in public services and upholding the rule of law has been welcomed by many Nigerians. However, some have expressed concern that the fuel subsidy removal will disproportionately affect the poor, who rely on fuel for transportation and electricity. Despite these concerns, Tinubu has remained steadfast in his determination to build a better future for all Nigerians.
Overall, Tinubu’s Democracy Day address has been seen as a positive step towards addressing the challenges facing Nigeria. Many will be watching closely to see how his administration follows through on its promises of investment and reform.