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Tinubu: Why I chose to unify exchange rate

President Bola Ahmed Tinubu Thursday said he could have chosen to maintain the hitherto multiple foreign exchange systems and benefit...

President Bola Ahmed Tinubu Thursday said he could have chosen to maintain the hitherto multiple foreign exchange systems and benefit from it, but instead opted to unify the official and parallel market rates to save the country from financial hemorrhage. 

The president stated this while speaking at a civic reception organised in his honour by the Lagos State Government at the Lagos House, Marina. 

President Tinubu, in a statement by his spokesman, Dele Alake, said he took the decision in the nation’s best interest just like he did with fuel subsidy removal. 

“I could afford to share the benefit by participating in the arbitrage, but God forbid! That’s not why you voted for me,” he said. 

The President said it was imperative to take those decisive actions in the early days of his administration.

“We need to take the steps to stop the bleeding of our finances through speedy action on fuel subsidy. We have no choice,” he said. 

President Tinubu said as a way of ensuring good use of available resources, the government would “re-engineer the effectiveness of the control and management of our resources in order to meet the obligations to Nigerians by political officeholders”. 

The President used the opportunity to solicit the support of governors present at the event to work with him in ensuring even development of the country. 

“We will work together with an open-door policy. We will bring Nigeria from the brink to a resilient economy. I want us to be partners so that we can rescue our land and make it a born-again nation.” 

Tinubu, who was thankful to the Lagos State Government for putting together the reception and to his friends and associates who attended, apologised to some of his friends in the audience who, he said, had been yearning to see him but could not,  because of the demands of his office. 

“The assignment is greater than the love of the living room. We got to do the job,” he said. 

Speaking on behalf of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF),  Kwara State Governor and Chairman of the forum, Abdulrahman AbdulRazaq, pledged that state chief executives, regardless of party affiliations, were ready to cooperate and work with the President to ensure the country becomes better and safer for all citizens.

President of the Senate, Senator Godswill Akpabio, who spoke on behalf of members of the National Assembly, thanked President Tinubu for his leadership in smoothening the take-off of the 10th National Assembly. 

“You will succeed. Nigerians are proud of you and the National Assembly is here for you 100 percent. We will do whatever is legislatively possible to make you succeed,” Akpabio said. 

The event was attended by the Vice President, Senator Kashim Shettima; wife of the president, Senator Oluremi Tinubu; All Progressives Congress National Chairman, Senator Abdullahi Adamu; Speaker of House Representatives, Special Advisers, Hon. Tajudeen Abass, and Chief of Staff to the President, Femi Gbajabiamila, among others.

Lagos Deputy Governor Obafemi Hamzat delivered the vote of thanks at the occasion which was   also attended by serving and former govenors from across party lines in solidarity with the President.


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