By Lucy Osuizigbo
Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the National leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has said that economic re-strategising and re-planning are necessary to achieve sustainable prosperity in Nigeria.
He did not give details.
Tinubu told newsmen after Eid prayers at Dodan Barracks praying ground in Lagos on Monday that lack of solid foundation contributed to the nation’s current economic situation.
“Without a good and solid foundation, we cannot achieve a sustainable economic prosperity. We depended solely on one channel of revenue.
“So, we need to re-trategise and re-plan, but that planning period is always a very difficult period in any family, organisation and nation.
“That is what we are experiencing now, but it is for a better and stronger future.
“The political and economic stability we are enjoying in Lagos today is as a result of a solid foundation,’’ he said.
In her message, Lagos State Deputy Governor, Idiat Adebule, urged Nigerians to uphold the significance of Eid-el Kabir, total trust and obedience to God, to accelerate the pace of economic recovery.
Adebule also urged them to celebrate peacefully and reach out to the less privileged among them.
“We can only enjoy Allah’s favour when we totally trust and obey His will. He is our creator and He knows what is best for us as individuals and as a nation,’’ Adebule said.
Also, Femi Gbajabiamila, majority leader House of Representatives, called on Nigerians to be patient and not lose hope.
Gbajabiamila said that President Muhammadu Buhari was making effort to reform the economy.
“I urge us to be prayerful and by God’s grace we shall get better and stronger as a nation,’’ he said.
The Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Fatai Owoseni, called for reflection on the significance of Eid-el Kabir and modest celebration to reduce crime.
Owoseni advised residents to be security conscious and cooperate with security agents to ensure a crime-free celebration.
In his words, Sheikh Garuba Akinola-Ibrahim, Chief Imam of Lagos, called for greater sacrifice from both government and citizens to survive the period of recession in the country.
“In the spirit of Eid-el Kabir, we urge the government to double up efforts to avoid our situation from getting to a critical stage which can rub off negatively on all government’s achievements so far.
“I also urged the citizens to exercise patience and be prayerful in this trying period.
“We need to focus on our strength in diversity and utilise our unique gifts to improve our present economy,’’ Akinola-Ibrahim said.
*Edited by Johnson Eyiangho//Felix Nwadioha