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Presidential Candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, affirmed on Sunday his commitment to fairness and justice for all Nigerians.

All Nigeria Latest News reports that Tinubu gave the assurance while speaking at a TownHall meeting with Muslim Leaders from South West in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.

The APC Presidential Candidate commended religious leaders in the country for their continued prayers and sermons, which he noted, had contributed to unity and peaceful coexistence.

Characterizing the upcoming 2023 general elections as a “momentous encounter with destiny” for Nigeria, Tinubu urged Islamic clerics to educate their followers on the significance of casting their votes for tested candidates with a proven record of excellent public service. He emphasized the importance of not being swayed by the deceitful tactics of candidates who lack substantial contributions.

Tinubu, who spoke partly in Yoruba language, said: “This election season has been a hybrid of facts and falsehood, truth and lies. I would like the election to be one based on facts and truth.

“What is a candidate’s record of performance and what are his policies? I ask you to urge your followers to come out and vote and to do so wisely. Vote for a candidate that has a vision for a peaceful, prosperous Nigeria where tolerance and compassion undergird our constitutional and legal rights.”

Tinubu then assured Nigerians that he would be “a fair and just leader,” adding, “My pledge for fairness and justice is consistent with the tenets of the Islamic faith.

“A leader in a plural society like ours is enjoined to be a leader of all. If elected, I shall govern in an honest and democratic manner in harmony with our nation’s constitution.”

Citing his excellent stewardship as Lagos State governor, Tinubu promised to use that experience to lead Nigeria in the “same spirit of innovation and pragmatic vision to uplift the nation and renew the hope of Nigerians.

On security, Tinubu vowed to end the reign of terror, kidnappings, and other violent crimes by recruiting more personnel that would be trained and retrained, in addition to providing more security tools and gadgets for an effective fight against criminal elements.

The nation’s economy, according to Tinubu, would be diversified and restructured towards achieving at least 6 percent growth annually. These goals would be achieved through the reforms of our industrial policy, infrastructural enhancement, power sector innovation and significant budgetary reforms.

“Regarding the economy, we seek to repair the very structure of the economy. We can no longer flourish as an economy based on natural resource extraction.

“We must become a dynamic, diversified economy where those who want to work can find a good job. But let us also be a society sufficiently compassionate to help those who cannot help themselves.

“We must revive manufacturing and industrial growth so as to create jobs as well as produce the goods and services that improve the daily lives of the average person.

“We seek a minimum of 6 percent growth annually through reform of our industrial policy, infrastructural enhancement, power sector innovation and significant budgetary reform,” Tinubu told the Muslim leaders.

Regarding the agricultural sector, Tinubu promised to guarantee food security through enhanced productivity and improved farm incomes in order to ensure that no child goes to bed without food to eat.

“In the end, may no Nigerian parent send a child to bed hungry, despairing about what tomorrow might bring. Instead, let all of our children, regarding of their faith or creed, be able to lay their head down believing in a better tomorrow of hope renewed.”

Earlier, welcoming Tinubu to the interaction, MUSWEN President, Alhaji Rasaki Oladejo, stated that the event presented an opportunity for the APC candidate to engage with Muslim leaders in the South West regarding his plans for the nation if elected. This includes addressing how he intends to make the country a land of great opportunities, ensuring that no individual faces oppression.

Sheikh Ahmad Abdulrahman, the National Chief Missioner of Anwar-ur-Deen Movement, clarified that the gathering was not intended for campaigning or endorsing Asiwaju or any specific candidate.

“But to seek and to know and to see whether Tinubu can still deliver for the country as he did as governor of Lagos State.”

Tinubu was joined at the meeting by South West leaders, including the Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Dr. Femi Hamzat, APC Governorship Candidate in Oyo State, Senator Teslim Folarin, former House of Representatives Speaker Dimeji Bankole, Deputy Director-General of his campaign Hadiza Bala Usman, Senator Fatai Buhari from Oyo, and numerous serving and former members of the National Assembly.

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