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Nigeria: We'll Beat Asian Tigers, Says Yar'Adua
This Day (Lagos)
10 June 2007
Posted to the web 10 June 2007
President Umaru Yar'Adua has said that the economic growth that his administration envisaged to record within the next few years would be "phenomenal".
Addressing the Nigerian community in Berlin, Germany, as part of his engagements after the G8 summit, Yar'Adua said he believed what the country would witness in the economy would go even beyond what was witnessed during the emerging years of the Asian Tigers.
The president said, however, that achieving such growth would not be easy.
He said Nigerians at home and in the Diaspora who believe they have contributions to make would be given the opportunity to do so.
"We just have to choose to build a great nation. In Nigeria, what we are and what we become in future is what we choose to become today," Yar'Adua said.
The president added that Nigerians must choose to adopt the right attitude that promotes growth and not one that promotes destruction.
"I am going to provide the leadership to do this," he said, adding that under his administration the era of the ruling elite in Nigeria is over and the era of a servant leadership had begun.
He said the last eight years under former President Olusegun Obasanjo had laid the foundation that would lead the country to join the industrialised nations by the year 2020.
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He said his administration was determined to build on the achievements recorded during the period.
The president reiterated his determination to end the lingering crisis in the Niger Delta within the next one and a half years and to also improve security generally in the country.
While assuring that he would lead by example and compel those working with him to also do so, the president said his administration would build on the emerging attitude of good governance and zero tolerance for corruption.