All Progressives Congress (APC) National Leader Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu is seeking a 100-day “honeymoon” for President Muhammadu Buhari.
Buhari, in his view, should not yet be put on the performance scale.
Tinubu was answering reporters’ questions yesterday after meeting with Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
To the former Lagos State governor, it is too early to conclude that the President has been slow in bringing about change since he mounted the saddle on May 29.
Justifying his call, Tinubu explained that a lot of careful planning was required before implementation and that is exactly what Buhari has been doing.
He said President Buhari cannot perform magic to bring instant changes to the country, which he noted had been brought to its knees by the rudderless Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
According to him, Buhari needed more time to plan, examine, rejig, re-evaluate what was bequeathed to his administration to enable him apply accurate measures that will bring about the changes Nigerians desire.
Nigeria, he said, has had many problems because of the policies that were created without adequate and effective planning.
Replying a question on the delayed changes expected by Nigerians, Tinubu said: “Excuse me! Let us calm now here. How long ago? 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.
“You see, we have had so much problem in this country in the past because we run into policy blindfolded, without adequate and effective planning. You don’t have results unless you plan well.
“The time it takes you to plan, examine, rejig, 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 that 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 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 100 meters race, there is a time to say ‘on to your mark, get set, ready, 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.”
The APC Leader said he was at the Presidential Villa to ensure that the right track is maintained.
His words: “The purpose of this visit is to see my President and our leader. The purpose is to ensure we are on the right track and coming back from a very successful trip to the United States of America (USA).”
Tinubu dismissed as erroneous the report that the President’s meeting with APC members in the House of Representatives on Monday was deadlocked, saying; “that is the conclusion of the press”. “Deadlocked! If we are going for literally translation, that is people’s opinion, I have not read any comment from the parties, whether it was deadlocked or not; that is the media 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 job starts, the job of lawmaking in earnest, the president needs to step in once in a while as he did to let people to 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 it … effective for the entire country. To step in to douse any conflict is not a wrong thing or do you think is wrong?”