In a recent interview at the Lagos State University, former Minister of Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola (SAN), expressed his dedication to serving in President Bola Tinubu’s administration without the need for an official title. Fashola, a close ally of Tinubu, delivered a keynote address at the institution’s fifth research and innovation fair and shared his views on leadership and public service.
During the interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Fashola addressed questions about his role in the current federal administration and the possibility of an appointment. He stated, “I do not need a title to serve.” He highlighted that the President has already appointed ministers from each state, and there are limited positions in government offices, considering Nigeria’s large population of approximately 200 million.
Fashola emphasized the importance of citizens playing their roles in society without the need for official titles. He stated, “The biggest title you need is that of being a citizen and playing our role; we are also talking about the next generation.” Fashola’s perspective centers on the idea that for progress to continue, individuals should focus on service rather than titles.
He also stressed the need to bring more dedicated and public-spirited individuals into government positions as Nigeria evolves. Fashola expressed his hope that more young people would become actively involved in the administration, highlighting the importance of nurturing the next generation of leaders.