The national leader of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, says God can give power to anyone he wishes to give.
On Sunday, Mr Tinubu said this in Lagos as he reunited with his political associates and proteges at a welcome-back event and prayer hosted by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
After spending three months away from Nigeria, the event was Mr Tinubu’s first outing since his return from the UK on Friday night.
The APC stalwart noted that what God expects from anyone he gives power to is that such a person uses the power for humanity.
”I am a little emotional now, but I am happy. God is the giver of life and the only one who can take life. He (God) says if I grant you power and the privilege in this life, I am the only one who can take it from you if you don’t use it in the way and manner that promotes humanity,” explained the ex-Lagos governor. ”It is the same God that has spared us till today and has given us the privilege that I give glory to because I am standing before you hale, hearty and well.”
Mr Sanwo-Olu mentioned that the APC chieftain’s return was more than cheery news for his supporters across the country.
”Since Friday when our leader and father came back, it has been a joyful moment for the teeming residents of Lagos, his supporters, and Nigerians across the country. We give glory to God who brought you (Tinubu) back with sound health and stronger vigour,” said the Lagos governor. ”On behalf of all political officeholders, party leaders, and faithful, we welcome our leader back and we give praises to God on his behalf that the intention of evil-minded people who spread malicious rumour against our leader did not materialise.”
Deputy Governor Obafemi Hamzat added that Mr Tinubu’s return deepened his associates’ belief in God, as the APC leader’s full recovery from the knee surgery was a sign of strength and favour from God.
”Now that Asiwaju is back, we are ready for work. The work has started, and we are committed to doing it,” Mr Hamzat vowed.
The event was attended by all elected officeholders and political appointees in Lagos, including the House of Representatives Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, and Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly Mudashiru Obasa.
Members of the state executive council, Governor’s Advisory Council (GAC), and council chairpersons were also in attendance.
Mr Gbajabiamila, who spoke on behalf of the National Assembly members, described Mr Tinubu as ‘an eagle’, focused and always ahead of the game.