President Bola Tinubu has issued a warning to his 48 ministers and other high-ranking appointees not to perform below expectations, or else he will show them the exit from the cabinet.
The President further stated that he had accepted responsibility for the successes and failures of his predecessor and that he would not grumble about the difficult task of leading the nation through economic and social recovery.
Speaking on Wednesday at the inaugural event of his administration's first Cabinet Retreat at the Presidential Villa's new Conference Center in Abuja, President Tinubu made it apparent that he would use all available means to bring the nation out of its current predicament.
The retreat which was themed "Delivering on the Renewed Hope Agenda" was planned for ministers, permanent secretaries, presidential aides, and other high-ranking officials in 2023.
He said; “It’s our country, we have no other one, let’s be proud that we’re Nigerians and we can do it, you can show leadership. We can fight to make democracy a lasting reference for the rest of Africa.
“Don’t be afraid to take decisions, but don’t be antagonistic of your supervisor. If they are wrong, debate it. I stand before you and I have claimed on several occasions and I’m saying today again, as the President, I can make mistakes, point it to me, I will resolve that conflict, that error. Perfection is only that of God Almighty.
“But you are there to help me succeed. Success, I must achieve, by all means necessary. We have great minds, great intellects, and all that we need.”
“I accept the assets and liabilities of my predecessor, it is part of my professional background. We are in this ship, don’t wreck it. I see the ministers as part of a team that will navigate and take the country out of troubled waters.
“Healthcare is priority, education is a must. No other weapon against poverty than education. You have the opportunity to change things.”