A statement by the Office of the President-elect, signed by Abdulaziz Abdulaziz, quoted Tinubu as making the assertions in Port Harcourt, during the inauguration of a Magistrate Courts Complex built by the Governor Nyesom Wike administration. The event was part of Tinubu’s two-day visit to the state to inaugurate projects executed by the Wike government.
Tinubu explained that he was yet to assume office and could not commit to the expenditure of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration. He stated this to clarify his earlier response to Wike’s request for refund on federal government road projects executed by the Rivers State government.The president-elect pledged to accomplish all his campaign promises, as Wike sought support for the incoming federal administration.Tinubu said in the statement, “You don’t expect your judges to live in squalor, to operate in squalor and dispense justice in squalor. This is part of the changes that are necessary. We must fight corruption, but we must definitely look at the other side of the coin.
“If you don’t want your judges to be corrupt you got to pay attention to their welfare. You don’t want them to operate in hazardous conditions.”Tinubu commended Wike for his foresight in providing judges and magistrates the best working and living conditions. He noted that with such provision, the governor had shown sufficient support for the fight against corruption, particularly, in the judiciary.
He stressed that he was committed to the unity of Nigeria, vowing that all his political promises would be fulfilled while in office.The former Lagos State governor said, “Whatever you (Wike) said yesterday (Wednesday), about owing or not owing, I am personally grateful to the man who brought me here. He didn’t ask for a personal commitment, he asked for a policy commitment, which an incoming president has no authority to offer or approve.“There can only be one president at a time. I cannot commit to expenditure on behalf of the outgoing president when I know my tenure has not started. Get educated, be informed, please.