National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, has said that President Muhammadu Buhari has spent the last two months learning and understanding the situation he met on the ground.
Odigie-Oyegun, who played host to the Association of Northern Students, who visited him at the party’s national secretariat in Abuja to felicitate with him on the occasion of his 76th birthday and one year in office, as the national chairman of the party, said that the tasks before the president was enormous.
He revealed that the president was working hard independently without any interferences to assemble the best hands as ministers in the next few weeks.
“Let anybody make no mistake about how committed President Buhari is; in fact, that is the core of his life and he has spent the last two months understanding the situation that he has taken over without interference and distractions. He has been able to hear, sit and interact with the core operators without third party intermediaries.
“What some of us in the progressives’ movement that has now transformed into governance in this country cannot accept is that the nation needs to be as bad as it is today. Yes, the circumstances of last 15 years are different, the nature of the economy is different, people have evolved but the basic fact remains the same and that is for any nation, for any government to have any legitimacy, its key emphasis and the whole justification for its existence must be the welfare of the people who have entrusted that party or that leader with the governance of their common affairs, that is the key thing.
“Fortunately, we have a blueprint which makes your welfare and everybody’s welfare the core of his attention. Yes, things have turned out to be worse in the economy than we expected when we were campaigning. Every known indicator of good conduct has been violated and our institutions have factually been destroyed, even to the extent of tampering with security institutions.
“So we have major reconstruction efforts ahead of us. One can only say at this time to plead through you to Nigerians to be patient with us and with the pace at which the changes we envisage start occurring because things are much worse than we anticipated,” he said.
On the ministerial appointment, the chairman revealed that: “In the next few weeks, he will now assemble the team who he can confidently give direct instructions as to what he expects to be done. Which means he is in a better position to measure whether anybody entrusted with any function is performing or not performing, whether he is meeting target or not.
“So, we have a totally new situation, a new reality and a new approach to governance which is emphasising target and deliverables in the lives of the people that he has been entrusted to govern.”
Earlier, chairman of the Northern Nigerian Students, Comrade Mike Omoba, said they came from different campuses to celebrate Chief Odigie- Oyegun on his birthday because of his achievements over the years.


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