A national leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, on Tuesday, urged Nigerians who have been accusing President Muhammadu Buhari of being too slow to allow the President at least 100 days of honeymoon.
He said change, which was at the centre of the party’s campaign ahead of the presidential election, would not be achieved with a magic wand.
Tinubu spoke with State House correspondents shortly after meeting behind closed-door with Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
“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 said.
The former Lagos State governor said the nation had witnessed many problems in the past because policies were made in a hurry without proper planning.
He said it was better for the government to take its time to plan, than to rush into taking actions because of sentiments and emotions.
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.”