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Be Patient With Buhari, Gowon Urges Nigerians

Posted: Oct 17, 2015 at 1:05 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Laide Raheem, Abeokuta

Nigerians have been implored to be patient and cooperate with present government of President Muhammadu Buhari so that the desired change Nigerians clamour for can be achieved.

They are also charged not to be tired in telling the government what is needed to be done in order to improve the present socio-economic situation of the country.

The former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon (rtd) gave this charge when he fielded questions from newsmen on Thursday in Ikenne, shortly after he led a delegation of Obafemi Awolowo Foundation to pay a condolence visit on the demise of late HID Awolowo.

Gowon, who said any new government must be given ample time to settle down to be able to really put things right, noted Nigeria is not an easy place to govern.

He said “whenever any government comes in, give them time to be able to really put things right. Nigeria is not an easy place to govern. I can assure there are as many problems as there are Nigerians in the world and everybody wants to do things in a particular way, in his own way and probably for his own interest.

“And you think of that, how are you going to get all that put together and put things right? I think we’ve got to be patient and then we get to cooperate with the government to do the right thing. Always never be tired in telling the government what needed to be done in order to improve things”.

Speaking earlier, the Nigerian Head of State between 1967 and 1975, disclosed he had looked forward to celebrating Mama HID Awolowo’s 100th birthday saying her contribution and support for late Obafemi Awolowo was exceptional and worthy of emulation.

He, however, recalled how the late sage helped his government to survive a civil war and Mama’s support for Papa Awolowo as the Vice Chairman of the military council and Minister of Finance.

“What people may not know is that it was through Mama that I was able to get the services of Papa Awolowo to join the government at that time and to be the Vice Chairman of our Executive Council and the Minister for Finance and you all knew what he did to ensure that we were able to survive as a nation during those two and half years of crisis in Nigeria.

And Mama’s contributions really have been tremendous and I will always thank her for that because if we had not approached her to prevail on papa to join the government, probably, he might not have but he then accepted and he did exceptionally well and may God bless him and may God bless his soul.

“And so, Mama as we can see, has been exceptionally good in everything she did. She was with Papa throughout his political period. She was there in thick and thin, in good and bad times, and certainly her advice, love and care made sure that Papa was able to do what he needed to do. She was a wonderful woman. She did not only look after papa, certainly she looked after the children.

“I think all of you would remember how mama unfortunately lost few of her children and you can imagine a mother’s pain in losing her children. She continued to survive and to be able to look after those who were alive and who are really important personalities in our country. Therefore, we are here to pay condolence to this family about this great loss”. Gowon submitted.