The President-elect, Bola Tinubu, has vowed not to disappoint Nigerians after his inauguration on May 29, 2023.
Tinubu said he understands the meaning of the national honour conferred on him by President Muhammadu Buhari and of the task ahead of him, promising not to disappoint the President and Nigerians.
The President-elect made the vow after he was conferred with the National Honour of Grand Commander of the Order of Federal Republic (GCFR) at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Thursday, May 25.
Tinubu said: “I am a simple man who is the beneficiary of the support and goodwill of the people of Nigeria.
“The people have put their trust in us. You have done your part, Mr. President.
“Now, that great duty descends on me. I understand the meaning of the honour given to me today and of the task that awaits.
“I must run this race and must do it well. On security, the economy, agriculture, jobs, education, health and power and in all other sectors we must make headway. The people deserve no less. In this, I shall disappoint neither them nor you, Mr President.”
The former governor of Lagos State further thanked Buhari for conferring the national honours on him and the Vice President-elect, Kashim Shettima, adding that the President’s devotion to progressive and democratic good governance “is unassailable”.
Tinubu also hailed President Buhari for honouring the late MKO Abiola, the winner of the annulled June 12, 1993, presidential election, saying: “President Buhari, you have shown courage in taking tough decisions others avoided.
“One such decision was to recognise the injustice of the annulment of the 1993 election, to designate June as Democracy Day, and to bestow the nation’s highest honour on the late MKO Abiola.
“As much as anyone could, you reached back into history to set the record straight and heal a festering wound.”
Tinubu described the event as more than a ceremony, saying: “It confirms that our path is right and that nothing will deter us from adhering to it.”
Shettima was awarded the second highest National Honour of Grand Commander of the Order of the Niger (GCON).