The Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwanu Akiolu, on Monday, August 15, advised President Muhammadu Buhari to adopt civility in his approach to governance, saying he should understand that he is no longer a military man.
The traditional ruler stated the obvious fact in Lagos while making a speech at the opening of SunTrust Bank Limited, the first commercial bank to be licensed by the Central Bank of Nigeria in 15 years and also called on the President Buhari to always heed to advice on how best to govern the nation.
The monarch sought support for President Buhari and expressed confidence in the Federal Government’s Economic Management Team led by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo to salvage the economy even as he made it clear that it was erroneous for former Goodluck Jonathan to be entirely blamed for the nation’s current economic crisis.
According to the traditional ruler:
“All of us just have to support the President and I advise him to know that he is no more a military man. I am not afraid to say that. The measures they are taking on the rot of the past, honestly whether they like it or not, it was not totally the fault of former President Goodluck Jonathan.
I don’t hide the fact that he (Jonathan) is my personal friend. All that happened was not totally his fault. But it is not too late to make amend. With Prof. Yemi Osinbajo as head of economic team, with people like Mrs. Nike Akande as the President of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry and others, they (the federal government) should listen to advice from people in commercial sector of the economy.”
The President, Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote; Chairman, Forte Oil, Femi Otedola; and Chairman, Senate Committee on Appropriation, Danjuma Goje, were among top dignitaries that witnessed the event.