National leader of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu has appealed to Nigerians to give President Muhammadu Buhari at least 100 days of honeymoon. Buhari, who took over from ex-president Goodluck Jonathan, on May 29, 2015 has been accused of being too slow in governance.
Tinubu has, however, come to the President’s defence, appealing to Nigerians to give Buhari a bit of time because the ‘change’ their party (APC) and Buhari promised during their campaigns would not be achieved with the use of a magic wand.
The APC national leader made the appeal on Tuesday shortly after meeting behind closed-door with Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Tinubu said, “May 29 was when this President was sworn in.
It is an international norm, there is an honeymoon period, at least a 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 added, “It is not fair to jump into those conclusions (that change is late in coming).
There must be time to plan, to review and even listen to people. “There is a separation between a campaign period, articulating your vision, expressing the promises to Nigerians, there is a time to look holistically at what you inherited, analyse it, distill and then take action.
“Even in a 100 metres race, there is a time to say ‘on your mark, set, ready, go.’ “So, you don’t even want a time to be on your mark, set and go? No, you are not being fair.”
Tinubu said he decided to meet Buhari behind closed-doors to welcome him from his successful trip to US and also to ensure that APC remained on track.