Let’s build Nigeria together, Tinubu urges NASS, hints on early presentation of 2025 budget


President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has called for collaboration among members of the National Assembly to build a new Nigeria which will guarantee future generations a prosperous country.

The president spoke Wednesday at the joint session of the National Assembly in Abuja.

The event was to celebrate the nation’s 25 years of unbroken democracy.

Tinubu said those saddled with leading the country and the generality of Nigerians have no choice but to collaborate towards building a new Nigeria.

“Let us work together to build our nation, not only for ourselves but for generations yet unborn. We must chart a new course and set the part for our development,” the president said.

Also at the session, President Tinubu assured that the 2025 Appropriation Bill would be ready for presentation to the National Assembly in due course.

“I will soon bring the 2025 appropriation bill before you; this is just for your information,” Tinubu said.

To the lawmakers, he said: “We must not risk this democracy. We must build this nation so that the future of our great-grandchildren will be secured in terms of prosperity and progress.”

The president congratulated Nigerians for the 25 years of its uninterrupted democracy.

Tinubu said: “Out of respect, I come to say thank you very much for building on this stage, building the institution and the country.

“You are first and foremost leaders who speak for our people and you have been at the forefront of this.

 “This institution of the hallowed chamber represents our consciousness of freedom and sense of belonging.

“Without this house, I probably may not find the path to the presidency I started before now. That is why I am giving all the respect to you so please let’s continue to collaborate and work together.”

He said no amount of aid from foreign countries would help to build Nigeria, calling on the lawmakers to work together to build the nation.

“This should not only be about you but for the generation yet unborn and charting a new path for the citizenry,” he emphasised.

…Akpabio, Abbas respond

In his response, Senate President Godswill Akpabio said: “We will be expecting the 2025 appropriation bill as soon as possible.”

While saying the National Assembly members would henceforth refer to themselves as brothers, he said: “So, today, we say Nigeria, we hail thee.”

Also speaking, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Tajudeen Abbas, described Tinubu as a true democrat and leader of the party.

“I want you to know that we at NASS are very happy with your performance and we are thankful for the relationship that has existed between us. It has been mutually beneficial.

“We assure you that we will always support your noble objectives and collaborate with you. We thank you for bringing back the National Anthem we grew up with.

“By the time we sing it, you will understand why we must bring it back, line by line,” Abbas said.

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