Asiwaju Bola Tinubu at the event in Lagos
National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu says a nation cannot achieve progress unless its leaders plan meticulously for it beyond their tenures.
Tinubu spoke at the Silverbird Man of the Year Awards in Lagos on Sunday night when he received the Extra Ordinary Man of the Year 2015 award.
He said that plans for the country’s development must be made, regardless of partisan politics.
“We must also be committed to that plan to drive success and development, and that is what we must do together as a nation.
“But you as Nigerians, you must persevere, endure and have the pain now in order to have a better tomorrow.
“Let’s turn our challenge of today to prosperity of the future; we can achieve it, ” he said.
Tinubu urged senators to sponsor and push a bill to reinstate history in schools as a way of passing down the culture and history of the country.
He said they should make laws that would be productive and useful for the development of the country.
Tinubu said moving from analogue to digitalisation to protect the history and records of the country and generations to come, will be of great benefit.
“As information technology is improving everyday, we can digitalise Nigeria where the country’s archives or history is preserved.
“It is also a way to eradicate piracy in our country, ” Tinubu said.
Alhaji Lateef Jakande, the first civilian governor of Lagos State, also urged Nigerians to be totally committed to the development of the country.
Jakande said that Nigeria was blessed with many resources as well as great men and women to drive development in the country.
“The major challenge we are facing in our country is the problem of developing our resources and making them serve our purpose.
“There is unnecessary suffering going on in our country. Why should we be experiencing scarcity of fuel in a country that has the oil resources which many countries do not have?
“Nigeria has a great tomorrow; the hope of our country is not measurable and every Nigerian has a duty to commit himself or herself to develop and make our country great, ” he said.
Jakande thanked Silverbird for recognising his activities and achievements during his administration.
In his remarks, Sen. Ben Murray-Bruce said that 10 per cent of the budget should be allocated to preserve the history and culture of the country.
“As a nation, we have to pay attention to who we are, where we are coming from, and where we are.
“We need to start teaching history in Nigeria because we cannot develop or grow as a country without the concept of history,” he said.