The southwest chapter of Nigeria’s Social Democratic Party (SDP) has appealed to the newly inaugurated President, Bola Tinubu, to focus on uniting the nation and revitalising the economy instead of engaging in witch-hunting.
Femi Olaniyi, the SDP South West Zonal Secretary and Chairman of SDP in Lagos State, shared this advice during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos after Tinubu’s swearing-in ceremony alongside his Vice President, Sen. Kashim Shettima, on Monday.
Olaniyi congratulated Tinubu and Shettima, expressing well wishes from the SDP. He emphasised the party’s desire for their administration to implement policies and programs that prioritise the well-being of the masses and alleviate their suffering.
“I was so impressed and emotional with the speech of our new President on Sunday at the inauguration gala night when he said, ‘ don’t pity me, I asked for the job, I campaigned for it and will be up to the task’”. I will like Tinubu to use the same energy in uniting the nation and engaging those that contested against him to be on board for a better Nigeria.
“Our economy needs urgent attention, it requires emergency treatment and he must be swift at addressing the general suffering of the masses,” the SDP leader said.
Olaniyi stressed the urgency of addressing the nation’s economic challenges, stating that it requires immediate attention and swift action to alleviate the suffering of the masses. He also urged Tinubu to display forgiveness and gratitude towards those who may have offended him during his journey to the presidency, emphasizing the need for professionals to tackle the major challenges facing the country, particularly the economic hardships faced by the majority of Nigerians.
“This government is expected to be run with inclusiveness and irrespective of any political differences and affiliation. We are pleading with all South-West leaders and well-meaning people to rally around Tinubu and give him the support he needs to succeed,” the SDP leader added.
Tinubu and Shettima were sworn in as the 16th President and Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, respectively, at Eagle Square in Abuja at approximately 10:40 a.m. The event included the official oath-taking and allegiance ceremony by Tinubu and Shettima, as well as a parade by the Armed Forces and Police.