February 29, 2024

I’ll fight corruption, smugglers to ruin — Tinubu vows


By Miftaudeen Raji 

President Bola Tinubu has vowed that he will rest on his oars until he fights corruption and smugglers to ruin in the country.

Tinubu made this vow while speaking at the inauguration of the Red Line Rail Project in Lagos on Thursday.

He said, “We said we can do it, you believed in us. We said the people’s lives will end up being better, you believed in us. I could hear a lot of voices right now, I asked for this job, I cannot complain, it’s all about democracy.

“I agree smugglers will fight back, corruption will fight back. We will fight them to ruin. Corruption will go away, save the money for you to educate our children, to pay for the healthcare system of our people, to pay for the modern transportation system that works for the highest number of people, not those few smugglers.

“What is our problem? If it’s corruption, we must exterminate it. No matter how hard it’s fighting back, we must say no to corruption. We must adhere to our pledge of patriotism, perseverance, consistency, and staying focused.”

President Tinubu noted that while the current administration makes an effort to fight corruption, the scourge will fight back.

He further stated, “We must be committed to great value, and we will grow the economy. We will feed ourselves out of penury, and we will be happy that we did it.

“I tell Nigerians from this podium that change is possible and that we must make progress. It’s not about a single individual but about the fastest-growing population in the world. 

“Out of every black-coloured individual, one is a Nigerian. We cannot afford to relax; we must plan and prepare for the increasing population.

“But this revolution that has started, this reform that is ongoing, we are not looking back. The engineering, the construction, the affirmation of our pledge to be loyal to our country. There is one thing I know is that there is a very bright light at the end of the tunnel,” he said.

The Red Line Rail Project, inaugurated by President Tinubu, is an intra-state rail service aimed at improving transportation within the city and spans 37 kilometres.

Inaugurating the project, the President reiterated his administration’s commitment to improving the nation’s infrastructural development.