President Tinubu: The Gradual Triumph of Will and Commitments

President Tinubu: The Gradual Triumph of Will and Commitments


The trajectory of the life of Nigeria’s President Bola Tinubu unequivocally demonstrates the great strength of will, courage and commitments.

The story of his academic triumph, successful corporate career and rise to prominence and leadership bear ample testament to the role of will and courage in the face of adversity and difficult challenges.

Whenever he is faced with a role, call of duty or challenges, President Bola Tinubu demonstrates an uncanny ability to drive through thorny paths, displaying a unique sense of will and commitments.

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Moving on to his recent exploits, the build up to the 2023 Presidential election in Nigeria in February also remains a classic example. Despite stiff oppositions and attacks from all angles including members of his party on his health, wealth and person, the then Presidential hopeful of the All Progressive Congress APC remained resolute and committed.

And instead of losing hope, he was exuding and resonating the wave of undaunted hope and assurances to his followers especially with the ‘E lo fokan bale (Go and stay calm)’ mantra. Eventually, he triumphed against all odds.

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Two months and a week into his administration, Tinubu’s conducts and impressive calmness in the face of present difficulties also suggest that he had devoted time to serious preparations for the task ahead.

Though he had hinted at this after his return to the nation shortly before his inauguration on May 29, the reality of this truth plays out daily.

Frankly, Tinubu is the leader of Nigeria at a very unfair era; a dangerous moment in history; a trying period for the nation when it is at crossroads to take difficult decisions that many past administrations have long parried. But he’s undaunted and has continued to display uncommon courage, will, sense of preparedness and commitments.

Dr. Reuben Abati, a staunch critic of Tinubu had earlier set out eight tasks for Tinubu, namely: removal of fuel subsidy (which Tinubu achieved in his first day in office); widening of the country’s revenue base; enthronement of true federalism; according a special status to Lagos; sanitizing the budgeting and procurement processes; taking a look at the foreign exchange regime (which Tinubu has also done); empowerment of the security agencies, particularly the police (he just changed the Service chiefs, including the IGP); respect for media freedom and the demands of Nigerian youths. These demands capture the crux of expectations from many citizens.

Impressively, Tinubu has already tackled a lot of this though they have been long avoided by many Presidents including Mohammed Buhari who was touted to be a tough leader.

Tinubu’s bold move of removing the multi trillion naira fuel subsidy scheme, regarded as a corruption channel, against the wish of the cabals, has earned him a big spot in the heart of the public and altered the course of the nation from economic woes to a path, though tortuous, but promising of prosperity.

In his broadcast last week, typical of a leader with listening ears he had further pleaded with the people for more time to accelerate measures to cushion the effects.

His economic interventions has also led to a unification of the foreign exchange rates in a move to salvage the fall of naira to dollar.

As the leader of the economic community of West African states ECOWAS, Tinubu has also demonstrated will with his swift reactions and interventions on the recent coup in Nigeria.

Presently, the West African bloc of ECOWAS said its leaders would meet this week on the crisis in Niger, whose military rulers have defied its ultimatum to cede power or face possible military action.

President Tinubu: The Gradual Triumph of Will and Commitments

European nations like Italy and Germany have called for a diplomatic solution in the troubled Sahel nation in consonance with many voices back in Nigeria.

However, neighbouring Mali and Burkina Faso — both suspended from ECOWAS over their own military coups, threatened to send a joint official delegation to Niamey to show “solidarity (with) the people of Niger” insisting that military intervention would be tantamount to a declaration of war.

Regardless of how things pan out, Nigerians are reassured and confident of a hands on and responsive government that is alive to its responsibilities and will do the needful based on informed advisories whenever necessary unlike in the past when they complained bitterly about the nation been on auto Pilot without a active President.