National Leader of the All Progressives Congress and former Lagos State governor, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has defended the slow pace of work of President Muhammadu Buhari and appealed to Nigerians to give him 100 days ‘honeymoon’.
Tinubu told State House Correspondents after a closed-door meeting with the President yesterday that Nigerians who complained of Buhari’s slow pace of work were unfair to him.
He said the change, on whose platform Buhari’s party rode to power, cannot be achieved overnight, adding that it required meticulous planning.
Tinubu responded to questions on why the administration had been so slow. He said:
“Excuse me! Let us calm down here. How long has it been? May 29th was when this president was sworn in. It is an international norm all over the world, there is a honeymoon period, at least minimum of 100 days honeymoon. And you won’t allow honeymoon at all? You said change is not coming, change is not by magic, it is driven by the people, the spirit and the character and the planning. “
He continued: “We have had serious problems in this country in the past because we rush into formulating policies without adequate and effective planning. You don’t have results unless you plan well. The time it takes you to plan, examine, re-jig and re-evaluate is more important than the time you just rush into taking action because you are either being sentimental; being emotional and being driven by other forces which are not expected. It is not fair to jump into those conclusions.
“There must be time to plan, to review and even listen to people. There is a separation between a campaign periods, articulating your vision, expressing the promises to Nigerians; there is a time to look holistically at what you inherited, analyse it, distil and then take action. Even in 100 metres’ race, there is a time to say on your mark, get set, ready and go. So you don’t even want a time to be on your mark, set and go? No! No! No! You are not being fair.”
Contrary to reports that the meeting involving the President, APC House members and leadership of the party ended in stalemate, the National Leader also argued that the meeting was part of the process of resolving the dispute in the Green Chamber.
“That is the conclusion of the press. Deadlocked if we are going for literal translation that is you people’s opinion. I have not read any comment from the parties whether it was deadlocked or not, that is the media’s conclusion. But the question is a political process, it needs to develop its own life to be worked upon to really stabilise and continue to serve the interest of the populace.
“As a matter of fact, when the National Assembly starts the job of lawmaking in earnest, the President needs to step in once in a while as he did to let people understand the import of the expectations of the public and particularly of the international community on various programmes and institutions. We need to build the institutions, make them virile and effective for the entire country. To step in to douse any conflict is not a wrong thing or do you think it is wrong?”