The APC leader told newsmen shortly after a closed-door meeting at the Ikoyi, Lagos residence of a former Ogun State Governor, Aremo Olusegun Osoba, that the PDP, which was in power for 16 years, destroyed the country but the current administration of President Muhammadu Buhari had come to “clear the mess”.
Mr. Tinubu, who took exception to the criticisms of the Buhari administration by the PDP, said the party lacks the moral right to criticize the APC-led federal government.
He said: “We want to clear the mess the PDP created for 16 years. For 16 years, the PDP destroyed this country. We can’t be emotional and in self-denial [because] if they (PDP) have done what was necessary, we will not be having the current fuel scarcity. If they had done the Lagos/Ibadan Expressway, if they had done the railway, if they had made electricity a priority, we will not be lamenting today”.
When told that Nigerians are fast losing patience with the Buhari administration over the fuel scarcity, Tinubu said he needed empirical facts to validate the claim.
“Nigerians are impatient for what? I research on Nigerians, they just want to see the direction of the economic policy and want to be certain of the future that we will not continue in the direction of leaderless, directionless and hopelessness of the past 16 years.
“The fact is that Nigerians did not want to continue to import toothpicks, we can make toothpicks out of our bamboo trees. Nigeria does not want to import rice or plastic or call them chicken, Nigeria does not want to continue in the direction of the past 16 years. What did they leave behind in our account? Where should certain things that we bring to this country become our priority? Why do we have to bring those things that we can produce?” Tinubu queried.
The former governor stressed the need for an economic surgical operation and he said Buhari is the right man for the job.
“Nigeria needs economic surgical operation and that is what Buhari is providing”, he said.
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