All Progressives Congress, APC has pleaded with Nigerians to exercise more patience with the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari amid criticisms of its slow pace.
The party said it was aware of the high expectations from Nigerians and assured them that Buhari will surely deliver on its mandate.
National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, made the plea yesterday at a media parley in Lagos.
Mohammed noted that Nigerians were right to demand for a faster pace in view of the promises made by the party during the pre-election period.
He, therefore, assured Nigerians that the Buhari administration was “willing, determined and able to effect the change that Nigerians voted for, despite initial challenges.”
According to the statement, “Nigerians are right to ask that a government be quickly put in place. Nigerians are right to demand that looters be exposed and brought to justice. Nigeria is longsuffering and our compatriots can’t wait for a paradigm shift in the way we do things.
“Nigerians are right and justified in their expectations. All we ask for is a little more patience, a little more understanding and continuous support for the Buhari administration.”
The publicity secretary said in the last one month Buhari assumed office, there had been motion and there had been movement contrary to what was being peddled in some quarters.
Mohammed maintained that the party appreciates the concerns of Nigerians as far as the perceived pace of the administration was concerned.
He, however, admitted that despite the initial challenges, government will act quickly to stamp out insecurity, tackle corruption, revive the moribund economy, provide jobs and generally restore hope.
The publicity secretary further pointed out that one area the President had hit the ground running was in tackling terrorism.
“Let me say straightaway that my party, the APC, understands and appreciates the concerns of Nigerians as far as the perceived pace of the administration is concerned. We understand that they repose so much confidence in the party and the government to act quickly to stamp out insecurity, tackle corruption, revive the moribund economy, provide jobs and generally restore hope.
“Justifiably, the expectations are high and urgent, and the Buhari administration has started addressing them, despite the enormous challenges that it faces, including an empty treasury and an economy that has virtually collapsed.
“While Nigerians are right to demand quick and sustained action in addressing these challenges – and honestly we make no excuses – it is important for us to put things in perspective for a better understanding.
“This is one area in which the Buhari administration has hit the ground running. The President had hardly been sworn into office than he embarked on a shuttle diplomacy to rally Nigeria’s neighbours to act as a common front against the terror group Boko Haram. The President travelled to Chad and Niger, and then hosted a summit of the Lake Chad Basin Commission that comprised Cameroon, Chad and Niger, with Benin also invited.
“The result is the decision to deploy the Multi National Joint Task Force (MNJTF), with headquarters in N’Djamena, Chad, on July 30th to pep up the fight against Boko Haram! This is the same force that the past administration could not get off the ground in six years! That’s what we meant when we said what the Jonathan administration could not do in six years, the Buhari administration has done in three weeks, not minding that some mischievous elements decided to quote us out of context.
“President Buhari has also rallied the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) to work with Nigeria in battling the Boko Haram insurgency. A joint summit of leaders of both economic blocs is to be held shortly to concretise these efforts that will complement the one by Nigeria and its neighbours,” the statement read in part.
He also stressed that the fight against corruption ranks very high on the list of the current administration.


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