Former Lagos State Governor Bola Tinubu discusses Democarcy, National Development and the People in the House of Commons.
Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu
delivered a presentation during the British African Diaspora Conference
which took place in the House of Parliament on Monday, 10th of June 2013.
The event that focused on “Democracy, National Development and the People” gave Senator Tinubu the floor to address the current state of Nigeria in the context of Democracy. He also spoke of what he and his party plan to do in their bid for presidency and what needs to be done to make Nigeria the giant it is always looked upon as being.
Tinubu touched on subjects like power supply in which he said, “No nation can develop economically and meet the needs of its people without uninterrupted energy supply. To improve energy supply we would need Independent Power Plants in designate industrial zones to reduce the horrendous power component of the cost of local manufacturing.”
He also spoke on the encouragement of small businesses saying, “We will emphasise and promote the growth in all sectors in the first four years by making small business the engine o growth. Foreign investments will ride on the back of thriving local investments, initiatives and stable polity.” Tinubu especially emphasised the use of agriculture as a means to provide jobs. “We firmly believe that agriculture will provide food for subsistence and export. Most importantly , it has the potential to create millions of jobs for both the illiterate and literate population”, says the senator, “it is from agriculture that we can fight hunger and process raw materials for the industrial sector.”
On the topic of democracy Tinubu says “democracy is the best form of governance because it counters that most dangerous human frailty: the temptation of leaders to accumulate power for the sake of accumulating more power.” Tinubu then went on to address the problem with Nigeria becoming a full democracy and stated that the improvement of the electoral system is mandatory to ensure no foul play or manipulation during elections.
When discussing national security, Tinubu spoke of the lack thereof by the “Jonathan government”. “The government promise peace and security but under its in watchful eye, insecurity has grown”, says Tinubu, “The Jonathan government set up a special committee on Boko Haram and Security matters but sadly before they could perform, he declared State of Emergency in three Northern states: Yobe, Borno and Adamawa.”
The answer to all these problems is simple to Senator Tinubu as he shares, “For 14 years, the PDP led government cannot turn anything around. A new leadership is required to put a stop to this.” For the reasons mentioned when discussing the development of the nation on Nigeria, Tinubu states that, “the members of the progressive opposition political parties have decided to put aside personal ambition (including my own ambition) to form a new party, the All Progressives Congress, APC.”
The conference which was followed by a warm reception allowed the opportunity for people to have questions answered by Senator Bola Tinubu as he greeted and sat with the people instead of the high table set out for him and snapped pictures with all who approached him.
Text by: Mariam Ajibola |Images by: Michael Tubes