Former governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu has said that the All Progressives Congress, APC was formed so that Nigerians from all walks of life and social station might gather under one tent to develop the nation on the basis of equity and shared prosperity. He said “What we seek is a fair social compact that we may avoid social calamity”.
Tinubu spoke weekend in Sierra Leone, as he was honored with honorary doctorate degree of Civil Laws, (Honoris Causa) by the 50-year-old Njala University.
In his acceptance speech titled: “The Best is yet to come”, Tinubu said “We realized that if Nigeria continues as it is, it would soon collide into the barrier of its internal contradictions. A land of vast wealth yet vast penury. A people of great talent and energy but also of despair and unproductivity born of their jobless poverty. A land that exports the raw material that helps fuel, electrify and lubricates the global economy but one that lives more in darkness than in light.
“We formed the APC so Nigerians from all walks of life and social station might gather under one tent to develop the nation on the basis of equity and shared prosperity. What we seek is a fair social compact that we may avoid social calamity.
“I have worked too hard and long for the progress of our people to countenance such a broken outcome. We must reform ourselves so that we can fully occupy the destiny our people deserve”.
Tinubu excited the University faculty, students, their parents and the community when he announced a 5-year rolling scholarship for 50 indigent students of the Njala University and also donated a building to the rebuilding efforts of the University. He said he had no other choice than to be part of rebuilding Sierra Leone, particularly a campus that was destroyed and abandoned for 15 years. He thanked the University for the honor awarded.
Tinubu saluted the comeback spirit of the people of Sierra Leone, a country that has risen from the ashes of war to a new vista of rebuilding their lives and their country. “From the ash and dust of war, you have stepped forward. A small nation engulfed by such a big war. You persevered, defying the odds and resurrecting and steering yourselves toward hope and peace.