Tinubu: One month of pragmatic solutions, Edifying Actions

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It has been a month since Bola Tinubu assumed office as the President of Nigeria. While this timeframe may be considered too short to make a comprehensive assessment of the government’s decisions and policies, it does provide an indication of its direction. The first month of the Tinubu administration has been characterized by practical solutions, decisive actions, and swift implementation, leading some to nickname the President “Baba Go-fast.”

The media has extensively covered the government’s notable decisions, including the elimination of the exorbitant fuel subsidy that benefited a few greedy oil merchants at the expense of the intended beneficiaries, the unification of multiple exchange rates to eliminate arbitrage, and the enactment of significant bills such as those related to electricity and student loans.

With the new electricity law, power generation, transmission, and distribution have been decentralized, allowing states, companies, and individuals to participate. The student loans law ensures that economically disadvantaged students no longer drop out of universities due to financial constraints. They are now provided with loans to cover their fees, which can be repaid to the government later.

During this period, the President held meetings with important dignitaries, including former military Head of State General Abdulsalam Abubakar, state governors, and prominent individuals like Bill Gates and Aliko Dangote, who discussed matters related to eradicating polio and malaria, among other topics.

On the global stage, President Tinubu has represented Nigeria exceptionally well. During his first official trip abroad, he attended the New Global Financing Pact Summit in Paris, France, where he announced Nigeria’s readiness for business and pledged to improve the ease of doing business in the country. He also emphasized that investors would have the freedom to repatriate their profits. The President also engaged with influential figures like the Presidents of Afreximbank and AfDB, securing commitments to support Nigeria’s economic development.

These remarkable achievements within just a month of the Bola Tinubu administration highlight the significance of these initiatives. They were not accidental or coincidental but rather the result of careful planning and design. While some of these actions were part of the President’s campaign promises and outlined in his manifesto titled “Agenda for a Renewed Hope for Nigerians,” they demonstrate the President’s courage, conviction, clear vision, and empathy.

However, the media has largely failed to acknowledge the audacious courage and clear vision behind these solutions and other noteworthy decisions that exemplify good leadership. For example, only a bold and visionary leader with a focus on the country’s progress and economic development would confront and remove the subsidy burden, which had posed challenges for previous presidents. Tinubu made the removal of the subsidy a campaign promise, emphasizing that the funds saved would be directed towards necessary infrastructure development. Many politicians in our country would never dare to touch the subsidy issue, let alone promise its removal before an election, fearing backlash from voters. Yet, upon assuming office, President Tinubu courageously eliminated the subsidy, which had already cost the nation a staggering N3.36 trillion in the first half of the year.

The government is now swiftly implementing compensatory measures to mitigate the adverse effects of the subsidy removal on the masses. Some suggest that the President should go further by targeting the unpatriotic oil merchants and cabals who had turned the subsidy funds into their personal ATM. Despite the hardships brought about by the unavoidable necessity of subsidy removal, the majority of Nigerians have chosen to place their faith in the Tinubu administration, believing that its policies will ultimately bring about the greatest benefits for the largest number of people.

In just one month, President Bola Tinubu has implemented a series of radical changes aimed at unlocking the full potential of Nigeria’s sluggish economy, as stated by @Reuters in a recent tweet. This demonstrates his swift and proactive leadership style.

One notable area where President Tinubu has shown good leadership is in the appointment of new service chiefs. Despite criticisms regarding regional representation, the President ensured fairness and justice in the selection process. For instance, the Chief of Naval Staff, Rear Admiral Emmanuel Ikechukwu Ogalla, hails from Enugu State, providing representation for the South-east. Similarly, the appointment of Major-General Christopher Musa as the Chief of Army Staff brought excitement, especially among Christian circles, dispelling concerns about religious bias. These appointments have addressed grievances about the perceived lack of balance in the country’s top security hierarchy, instilling greater trust and confidence in the service chiefs.

Another remarkable example is the case of the Acting Comptroller-General of Immigration, Mrs. Caroline Wuraola Adepoju. Despite facing retirement just as she was about to assume the position, President Tinubu intervened and granted her a three-month extension, recognizing her outstanding service and ensuring she received a deserving promotion. This gesture not only served as motivation for others but also demonstrated the President’s commitment to recognizing and empowering women in his administration.

President Tinubu’s political astuteness and ability to build alliances played a significant role in ensuring the ruling party’s preferred candidates emerged as leaders in the National Assembly. With Senator Godswill Akpabio and Senator Jubrin Barau as President and Deputy-President of the Senate, and Honourable Tajudeen Abbas and Benjamin Kalu as Speaker and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, a harmonious working relationship between the Executive and the Legislature is expected.

From his first day in office, President Tinubu displayed his intolerance for inter-agency rivalries by ordering the Department of State Services (DSS) to vacate the premises of the EFCC in Ikoyi, Lagos, which they had cordoned off. This action demonstrated his commitment to promoting cooperation and minimizing conflicts between government agencies. Additionally, the suspension of former CBN Governor Godwin Emefiele and former EFCC Executive Chairman Abdulrasheed Bawa pending investigations sent a clear message that public office holders would be held accountable for their actions.

Throughout this period, President Tinubu has had numerous engagements with various stakeholders, including former heads of state, governors, politicians, student union leaders, and civil society groups. These interactions at the Presidential Villa reflect the President’s busy and productive first month in office, as he actively seeks input from different sectors of society.

Overall, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Vice-President Kashim Shettima have demonstrated their dedication to implementing transformative policies and fostering a productive and inclusive government in their first month of administration.

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