President Bola Tinubu said he is committed to an egalitarian society where every diligent individual is compensated for his labour.
The declaration was part of the President’s nationwide New Year address, on Monday morning by 7am.
Tinubu recalled as a Senator in the aborted Third Republic, later as a Governor for eight years, and now as the President, his major ambition is to build a fair and equitable society and close the widening inequality.
He stated that while he believes the rich should enjoy their legitimately-earned wealth, still, he maintained that the minimum bargain must be that, “any Nigerian that works hard and is diligent enough will have a chance to get ahead in life”.
Tinubu said: “I must add that because God didn’t create us with equal talents and strengths, I can not guarantee that we will have equal outcomes when we work hard. But my government, in this new year 2024 and beyond, will work to give every Nigerian equal opportunity to strive and to thrive.”
Still, the President declared that for the new year to yield all its good benefits, “to us as individuals and collectively as a people we must be prepared to play our part”, Nigerians should accept the reality that the job of building a prosperous nation is not the job of the President, Governors, Ministers, Lawmakers and government officials alone.
“Our destinies are connected as members of this household of Nigeria. Our language, creed, ethnicity and religious beliefs even when they are not the same should never make us work at cross purposes” Tinubu advised.
He urged Nigerians to resolve that as joint-heirs to the Nigerian Commonwealth, “we will work for the peace, progress and stability of our country”, extending a call to his political opponents in the last election, saying that election is over and it’s s time for “all of us to work together for the sake of our country”.
“We must let the light each of us carries – men and women, young and old- shine bright and brighter to illuminate our path to a glorious dawn,” he advised.