Tinubu made this declaration in Abuja during an interactive session with traditional rulers under the auspices of the National Council of Traditional Rulers of Nigeria, according to a statement from the State House Director of Information, Abiodun Oladunjoye.
According to the President, Nigeria would be brought to its knees if the subsidies continued.
Tinubu was quoted as stating to the traditional leaders, “I am happy that you are paying attention to what I have been doing. You’ve been keeping an eye on the subsidy elimination.
“Even if they claim that not every day is Christmas, why should we, in good conscience and common reason, feed smugglers and be ‘Father Christmas’ to other nations?
“Subsidy is the elephant in the room that was going to drive Nigeria to its knees. We claim that we have the potential to motivate ourselves in a nation that cannot pay salaries. I believe we made the proper decision.
In addition to urging Nigerians to have faith, Tinubu pleaded with traditional figures to gradually lower petrol pump prices.
He reassured them that his government would have an open-door policy and would pay attention to Nigerians’ aspirations for realizing the nation’s enormous potential.
We are all listening. At any time, we are willing to hear. I pledge to treat you with respect and maintain an open door policy. You are welcome to phone or email me at any time with any concerns you may have thanks to my “open door” policy.
We might not get it right 100% of the time, but for the sake of our nation, we must succeed 90% of the time.
In addition, the President promised to prioritize security in Nigeria until everyone “goes to sleep with their two eyes closed.”
He denounced the theft of crude oil in the Niger Delta, which he said was carried out by a “tiny percentage” of the populace.
The variety of this nation must be utilised for its wealth, expansion, and stability, he added, adding that we must subdue those responsible for the sabotage.
“I pledge to follow through on my commitment of having an open door policy. We may not get it right 100% of the time, but we must do it right 90% of the time for this country, said Tinubu. “That open-door policy is for you to call me and send to me at any given time any concern that you might have.”
”Worry not for the country is in excellent hands,” he reassured the traditional rulers in response to their concerns about the problems confronting the nation.
Speaking on the 10th National Assembly’s leadership, Tinubu asked the traditional leaders to advise their people who were interested in running for office on the need to control their ambitions and foster unity inside the legislative body. He also said that he would cooperate with any elected official.
Alhaji Saad Abubakar, the Chairman of NCTRN and Sultan of Sokoto, promised President Tinubu the support and allegiance of traditional leaders from the six geopolitical zones.
He told the President that they would continue to pray for him as he worked to advance the nation under his platform of Renewed Hope.
“We fully support your government and have faith that it will advance this nation in accordance with Allah Almighty’s will.”
Once you get in touch with us, we’ll do our part to advance the nation, the Sultan said.
Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, the co-chairman and ooni of Ife, expressed happiness that the nation had maintained its focus and unity in the face of difficulties.
However, he pleaded with President Tinubu to not undervalue the influence and strength of traditional leaders in supporting the policies and goals of the incoming administration.