The 16th and current president of Nigeria is a Nigerian politician by the name of Chief Bola Ahmed Adekunle Tinubu GCFR (born March 29, 1952). From 1999 until 2007, he served as governor of Lagos State. During the Third Republic, he represented Lagos West in the Senate.
Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, also known as Jagaban of Borgu, is one of the influential political figures in Nigeria who has made significant contributions to the political landscape of the country. Here are some important things to know about the former Governor of Lagos State and national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC):
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Political Career: Tinubu’s political journey began in the 1990s when he joined the pro-democracy movement that fought against the military dictatorship in Nigeria. He played a crucial role in the formation of the Alliance for Democracy (AD), a regional political party in Southwest Nigeria.
Governor of Lagos State: From 1999 to 2007, Tinubu presided as the executive governor of Lagos State. He revolutionized the state and made it a role model for other states in Nigeria throughout his administration by implementing a number of policies and initiatives. His administration put a heavy emphasis on building infrastructure, improving healthcare, security, and creating jobs.
Political Philosophy: Tinubu is known for his progressive political ideology and commitment to democratic principles. He advocates for the empowerment of ordinary citizens, transparency, and accountability in governance. His approach to politics is centered on grassroots mobilization and inclusive governance.
Political Influence: Beyond Lagos State, Tinubu’s political impact is felt elsewhere. He was a key player in the creation of the All Progressives Congress (APC), a coalition of opposition parties that won the 2015 presidential elections and toppled the People’s Democratic Party’s (16-year) hegemony.
Role in National Politics: Asiwaju Tinubu is considered one of the most influential political figures in Nigeria. He has played pivotal roles in the emergence of presidents and other key political appointments at the national level. His strategic political maneuvering has earned him a reputation as a master strategist.
Economic Reforms: Tinubu made economic changes while serving as the governor of Lagos State with the intention of luring both domestic and foreign investment. The privatization of state-owned businesses and the development of supportive business environments were among these measures. His actions helped Lagos State’s economy expand and become more developed.
Philanthropy and Empowerment: Tinubu is renowned for his charitable endeavors as well. To help young people and the less fortunate in society, he has created foundations and projects that offer scholarships, grants, and vocational training. His dedication to social impact has won the hearts of many people around the nation.
Criticisms and Controversies: Like any prominent politician, Tinubu has endured conflicts and critiques over the course of his career. Critics claim he controls the political environment excessively and acts as a political godfather. His supporters counter that any unfavorable opinions are outweighed by his services to Nigeria’s democracy.
Legacy: The political history of Nigeria is firmly rooted in the legacy of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu. He played a significant role in influencing Southwest Nigerian politics and had a long-lasting influence on Lagos State’s socioeconomic development. Many aspirant politicians have been impressed by his rise from grassroots activist to national leader.
Recently, President Tinubu clocked 100 days in office and it will be pertinent to roll out some of the changes he has affected to see that Nigeria elevates from the place of ashes to grace.
Arabella Star takes a glance and highlights some of the achievements of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu since he assumed office as the 16th President of Nigeria.
Tinubu began the quest to reconstruct the country’s shattered economy in a terrible circumstance a popular adage says, “Uneasy is the head that wears the crown”, his first few days have not been easy, especially because the new president had to dive headfirst into the subsidy morass while his lawyers fought election petitions at the tribunal.
While towing through these critical steps to keep the country from imploding caused some inconvenience for Nigerians, President Tinubu has never failed to appeal to Nigerians to see the current inconveniences as a price we must all pay to keep our country from disappearing.”
Security: Meeting with the Chief of Staff
Security is a critical need for the country, particularly if the economy is to be restored to a state of stability for its residents. Keeping this in mind, one of the president’s first tasks was to meet with the Service Chiefs and the National Security Adviser.
At the conference, Tinubu charged the country’s security and intelligence services with emphasizing the necessity of information and intelligence cooperation in the battle against terrorism.
The president emphasized the necessity of arming their efforts with information, emphasizing that security should be a top concern in order to achieve economic resurgence, prosperity, and progress.
A Forum with Governors of the 36 States
The president also conducted a conference with the governors of the 36 states, and he made it clear that differences must be set aside, adding that everyone must work together to alleviate people’s hardships and pains.
President Tinubu declared that the country should be viewed as one huge family and that excellent governance would ensure democracy’s future.
Charged Representatives of Major Oil Marketers
In order to address the difficulties of fuel subsidy elimination, the president met with officials of Nigeria’s main oil marketers, charging them to collaborate with his government in order to meet the requirements and demands of Nigerians.
Following this conference, the Oil Marketers Association declared their desire to donate fifty to one hundred ’50-seater’ mass transit buses to assist the populace.
This, they claim, will cost around a hundred million naira for each person and ten billion naira in total to offset the impact of the subsidy reduction in the next 30 days.
The president also met with Exxon Mobil executives, extending his administration’s attempts to seek collaborations from key stakeholders in the oil sector in order to ensure stability, transparency, and fair competition in the sector.
Fundamental Declarations Regarding Subsidy
According to a statement signed by Mallam Mohammed Idris, Minister of Information and National Orientation, the country’s public debts – both domestic and foreign – combined with an unsustainable fuel subsidy regime created a gaping hole in public finance, rendering the three tiers of government insolvent and incapable of meeting citizens’ needs.
In resolving the issues, the minister recognized Tinubu’s bold and courageous decision “to remove the fuel subsidy in order to avert a national economic catastrophe of epic proportions.”
He branded the fuel subsidy regime as a Sword of Damocles that hung over Nigeria for decades, saying it hampered the country’s economy and forced it to borrow.
“In addition to subsidy removal, President Tinubu took further steps to unify the multiple foreign exchange markets,” according to a press release.
At the interactive session with the Royal Fathers under the aegis of the National Council of Traditional Rulers of Nigeria (NCTRN), the president said he remains committed to the decisions on remove fuel subsidy, improve security, create jobs, and sustain the environment.
In addition, the government implemented intervention programs to help mitigate the unintended negative consequences of the reforms.
These interventions include negotiating a minimum wage and salary increases, assisting states and local governments in meeting the needs of the most vulnerable among us, providing fertilizers to farmers, grains to households, and cash transfers to low-income people.
The Signing of 2023 Electricity Bill into Law
The president also signed into law the 2023 Electricity Act, which is expected to de-monopolize electricity generation, transmission, and distribution on a nationwide scale.
Tinubu has now given state governments, businesses, and individuals the authority to generate, distribute, and transfer electricity by signing the electricity bill into law.
Bill Assented To New Retirement Age For Judicial Officers
Similarly, President Tinubu, in exercising the powers conferred on him by the 1999 Constitution as modified, consented to a new amendment to the Federal Republic of Nigeria Constitution.
The “Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (Fifth Alteration) (No.37), 2023” presented by the outgoing 9th National Assembly was signed into law by him.
The signing of the Constitutional Amendment Bill effectively brought the retirement age and pension rights of judicial officers into consistency, as well as other connected topics.
According to the president’s spokesman, Abiodun Oladunjoye, Tinubu pledged his administration’s commitment to strengthening the judiciary, guaranteeing the rule of law, and equipping judicial personnel to carry out their tasks efficiently while signing the amendment Bill into law.
Negotiated with JOHESU
Health workers’ unions under the umbrella of the Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) had been on strike for days, but after meeting with the president, the body terminated its 12-day-old walkout.
Obinna Ogbonna, national vice president of JOHESU, told reporters that the strike was called off due to advances achieved during a meeting with President Bola Tinubu.
He stated that shortly after meeting with the president, the health workers organized a conference and resolved to call off the strike, giving the administration a 21-day deadline.
Along with these, there are plans to deploy over 11,000 CNG buses for affordable public transportation, among other things.
While working to lessen the impact of high living costs on citizens, President Tinubu has focused on redirecting our economy and removing impediments to productivity and competitiveness so that the real sector can grow and create millions of decent jobs, which are critical for long-term economic growth.
Established A Tax and Fiscal Reforms Committee
The government established a Tax and Fiscal Reforms Committee, which is actively working to deepen ongoing reforms and reposition the national economy for long-term sustainability.” This committee is led by a well-known Tax and Fiscal Policy expert.
Working with state governments, the committee’s mandate includes simplifying our complicated tax system, eliminating multiple taxes, streamlining regulations that impede the ease of doing business, and closing the over $20 trillion annual tax gap.
To avoid burdening Nigerians and businesses with new taxes, the administration will promote revenue collection efficiency.
President Tinubu Bags Chairman of the ECOWAS Appointment
Tinubu has provided purposeful leadership and established the tone, texture, and character of the administration.
At the 63rd Ordinary Session of the Authority of Heads of State and Government on Sunday in Bissau, Guinea-Bissau, President Bola Tinubu was elected as the new chairman of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).
Met with opposition leaders
President Bola Tinubu met with members of the defunct G-5, including Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia), Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Enugu), Samuel Ortom (Benue), Nyesom Wike (Rivers), and current Oyo State governor, Seyi Makinde, to keep his commitment to reach out and accept anyone willing to work with him.
While the main reason for the visit has yet to be revealed, Governor Makinde told reporters that the group came to inform the President of events.
Nation-building is a very difficult task,” he remarked. You must constantly evaluate…know what you’re doing and where you’re headed. As a result, we must continue to see the President in order to inform him of the situation. We also came to show the President what we stood for justice, fairness, and equity.
On the new focus of the G-5, he said: “We are going towards Mr. President, you know, coming with us on the route for fairness, for justice and for equity in Nigeria.”
Suspended Emefiele and Appointed Cardoso as the New CBN Governor
The president suspended Godwin Emefiele as governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) on Friday, in what some have called his most dramatic decision.
According to the presidency, this is a follow-up to the current inquiry into Emefiele’s office and the proposed reforms in the economy’s banking sector.
Emefiele was told to immediately hand over his office’s responsibilities to the Deputy Governor (Operations Directorate) [Folashodun Adebisi Shonubi], who will operate as Central Bank Governor until the investigation and reforms are completed.
Tinubu has also approved the appointment of Dr. Olayemi Michael Cardoso to serve as the new Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), for a term of five (5) years at the first instance, pending his confirmation by the Nigerian Senate.
There are countless feats the president has accomplished and he is still in motion to execute more for the better and growth of our beloved country.
President Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, a politician in Nigeria recognized for his liberal ideologies, smart political moves, and accomplishments in the development sector. As the president of Nigeria, all eyes gaze on him as there is no denying the impact he has had on Nigerian politics and government.