Nigeria still crawling, I am determined to change the narrative – Tinubu


President Bola Tinubu has described Nigeria as ‘a crawling
country in the committee of thriving economies’, especially in terms of
development indices relating to green energy and the environment.


He however assured that as President, he was determined to
change the narrative and bring about a transformative government in the


Tinubu, who played host to the German Chancellor, Olaf
Scholz at the Presidential Villa Abuja on Sunday, also commented on the Supreme
Court judgement which affirmed his election as President, saying the court
verdict has put paid to needless distraction from his political opponents.


“I know Germany has advanced a lot in protecting the
environment and modernising energy to meet the 21st century needs both of the
world and Europe in particular. Nigeria is still crawling, but we are
determined to change the narrative and bring about a transformative government
in the country,” Tinubu told the visiting German Chancellor.


Welcoming the delegation to Nigeria, Tinubu said, “It is a
profound pleasure for me to welcome my friend Olaf Scholz to Nigeria. It is a
joy to see you here. At this particular period of time. It is just about a few
days ago that the Supreme Court of Federal Republic of Nigeria had a final say
on our electoral exercise.


“The distraction is over. This gives us more time to focus
on governance for the people and moving Nigeria forward for economic
opportunities and prosperity that will defend democracy.


“In our last tete-a-tete, you made a promise that you will
be visiting Nigeria and thank you and your delegation for keeping that promise.
It is an honor for me to see you here”.


He said the business community in Nigeria is not averse to
forging partnership with Germany being one of the largest economy in Europe.


He reminded Scholz that Nigeria was also the largest economy
in Africa which is equally blessed with good environment, time of weather and
mineral resources.


“Our hydrocarbon industry is still fledging environmentally
while we are moving towards the transition energy source.


“You are very welcome with your delegation to partner with
us in terms of education, power, mineral resources and all the other
opportunities. We have gone a long way to bring about security of our people.


“We’re fighting terrorism and that is improving. We still
need much support in that area. And for us to be able to sustain democracy,
rule of law and freedom for our people, we need to fight for democracy.
Democracy must win at all times for us to meet the expectation of an African
dream. That is why your visit this time around is more than necessary and
welcome. I hope you will enjoy yourself.


“You will have noticed, I don’t need to go about the various
problems happening in the Sahel region of Africa. You’ve seen and noticed the
coup in Guinea and recently in Niger republic.


“We had people diplomatically managing the situation. The
need for you to help in that of security will be empahsised and we will
continue to require your knowledge. We thank you for the past contributions,
particularly police, law enforcement training. We need more help.”


The German Chancellor, Scholz on his part said Germany
remains committed to democracy and the rule of law.



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