The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola (SAN), says the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, made the impossible happen by ensuring that for the first time in Nigeria’s history, opposition parties successfully merged and went into elections.
Fashola said this in a video tribute to commemorate Tinubu’s 64th birthday.
The minister, who was present at the colloquium held in Tinubu’s honour in Abuja, said the country was crashing under Goodluck Jonathan but Tinubu steered Nigeria away from the course of destruction.
Below are the words of Fashola:
“It was dangerous for Nigeria to keep that administration for another term and the evidence of that was before us.
The country was falling apart. You must salute the courage, the passion, the foresight of Asiwaju to reach across and say ‘let us forge a partnership to save Nigerians, to save ourselves’.”
The minister added, “On whether or not there could be a merger, everyone said it wasn’t going to happen, it had never happened in the history of Nigeria and as far as that was concerned, it (the merger) was a victory that the impossible had become not only probable but possible and that was due to Asiwaju’s self conviction and, as I said, his ability to mobilise people and materials behind an idea.”