I salute all esteemed citizens of our great country, Nigeria – both small and great. Those who work in the limelight and, often less recognized, those who work behind the scenes to make Nigeria a country we can all, gladly, call home.
Let me make it clear that I do not take this opportunity to lead, as well as the massive support, for granted, even as I stand before you today humbled, here at this inauguration.
In time-honoured tradition and as Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, I must recognize the immense sacrifice of the brave men and women who have continued to serve on the front lines, with many paying the ultimate price to preserve the territorial integrity, maintain peace as well as law and order for our dear country. May these good people be remembered always and their labour never be in vain.
Likewise, I must include all healthcare workers who continue to serve with utmost dedication, from one pandemic to another, and more recently, the COVID-19 virus.
This is not to belittle the efforts of everyone else who has contributed one way or another to the economic, political and social advancement of our dear country, be it as individuals or corporate entities, with honour, integrity and hope, regardless of our challenges. You, likewise, have been invaluable stakeholders in Nigeria’s progress up to this point.
Fellow Nigerians, today marks the dawn of a new day for us as a people. One that will eclipse the clouds of our excesses as a people, as we strive to cut a clear path for our system. One that is unique to our challenges as much as it is to our opportunities.
Now, we have yet another opportunity to further strengthen the positive narratives that have cemented an enviable position for us in the comity of nations – as a country with immense potential, though still largely untapped. As a people who are known to be one of the brightest, most resourceful and respected in the global space for our ingenuity and resolve, despite adversity. These narratives must be our focus as we extract maximum value from them, and find our soul of nationhood, a commonly-held value that will bind us as one, on a determined course for reclaiming our lost glory, despite the uniqueness of our differences.
Therefore today, I President Bola Ahmed Tinubu pledge and resign myself to serve you all in bringing this to fruition. One decision at a time.
For this reason, I implore us all to unite and live together as brothers bonded by our allegiance to The Federal Republic of Nigeria. The alternative, as you and I know, is unpalatable and will only serve to widen the divide that has continued to hamper our progress as a people.
Our dear country, Nigeria, is only as strong as we are united and as weak as we are divided. We must understand that there is no strength without unity and that we must all overcome ignorance and prejudice.
I stand before you to pledge reconciliation, to serve, “without malice towards anyone yet clarity towards everyone.”
Today the mandate is given to me by all Nigerians men and women, young and old and our children, to serve, protect and bring renewed hope.
I will not misuse my chance to write history for, I, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, understand the pain of defeat and failure…