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Allow Buhari 100-day Honeymoon, Tinubu Begs Nigerians

Posted: Jul 28, 2015 at 3:41 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Chesa Chesa, Abuja

?Prominent leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, has enjoined Nigerians to allow President Muhammadu Buhari enjoy his ‘honeymoon’ in office for at least 100 days before judging his performance.

Speaking on Tuesday, July 28, 2015 to State House correspondents shortly after he met with Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Tinubu stressed that it was too early to conclude that the President has been too slow in bringing about the needed change since assuming office two months ago.

The former governor of Lagos State explained that just like any office holder or any important activity in life, a lot of careful planning was required before implementation and that is exactly what Buhari has been doing.

Tinubu said: “?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.

“We have had so much problem in this country in the past because we run into policy blind-folded; 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, and expressing the promises to Nigerians.

“There is a time to look at holistically what you inherited, analysis it, distil and then take action.

“Even in 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, no, no. You are not being fair.”

Also responding to question on the prevailing crisis in the National Assembly, ?Tinubu said a gradual process was needed to stabilise political institutions, and that when necessary, the President could step in, which he did the day earlier.

?The President’s meeting with members of the House of Representatives with no conclusive agreement reached, but Tinubu said it did not mean the parley was deadlocked.

He argued: “That is the conclusion of the press. Deadlock, 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 that a political process 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 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?”

Tinubu further explained that he was in Aso Rock “to ?see my President and our leader. The purpose is to ensure the we are on the right track and coming back from a very successful trip to United States of America.”