The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and former Governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, will on Friday, December 18th, deliver the key note address at the 10th anniversary remembrance lecture of the late Dr. Yusufu Bala Usman at the Arewa House in Kaduna.
The lecture is organized by the Centre for Democratic Development, Research and Training, Zaria.
Tinubu will explore key elements of the APC Change Agenda in relation to the liberation theology of the late Usman and within the context of the present political and economic challenges facing Nigeria.
The APC national leader is expected to offer a lucid economic analysis of what confronts Nigeria and suggest innovative ways to move the political economy forward.
“For decades, Nigeria has danced in close confines with economic disaster. In the past, higher oil prices allowed us to dodge the worst. We have survived but not thrived. Improvised but not planned. Spent but not invested. Laughed, drank and feasted but did not build, construct or maintain. Now, Nigeria has collided into a wall, merciless and immovable. The present downturn in oil prices may be more than just a transient slump in the business cycle,” his address is billed to declare.
According to his media team, Tinubu seeks a new economic paradigm. “Nigeria needs economic liberation. Before we can free our economy, we must free ourselves of the economic myths consigning us to our current predicament. To achieve this objective, we must return to the ideals and concepts of Dr. Bala Usman,” it adds in a statement released on Thursday.
He will offer fresh thinking on the way forward. The welfare of the people must be the anchor of public policy. For this is constant with all that Bala Usman taught and practised.
The Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido; Governor of Kaduna, Ahmed El-Rufai; and a large number of northern intellectuals are expected to also attend the lecture.