The First Lady of Nigeria, Remi Tinubu, has acknowledged that her husband, President Bola Tinubu, is not a magician, but that he is committed to fixing the country’s problems “brick by brick.”
In an interdenominational church service to mark Nigeria’s 63rd Independence, Remi said that her husband’s government inherited a lot of challenges, but is willing to address them.
“We are not here to put blame on any administration but to fix what has been damaged,” she said. “My husband is not a magician. He is going to work – brick by brick – and I believe and hope that you will have faith in this administration. The best is yet to come for us.”
Her comments come as Nigeria faces a number of economic challenges, including tripling fuel prices, a sharp naira devaluation, and inflation now at 25 percent. The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) – the two major unions representing industries from aviation workers and nurses to teachers and bankers – have called an indefinite strike for October 3 in protest of the government’s failure to address these concerns.
Remi’s comments were made the same day as President Tinubu’s nationwide broadcast to mark the country’s 63rd Independence Day.