Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, has urged Nigerians to wait until the end of four years before judging the All Progressives Congress (APC) led government, as the party never promise to fix Nigeria’s problem within a year.
Mr. Rotimi Amaechi who said this on Monday while speaking at a town hall meeting in Ilorin, noted that the Federal Government knows that things are difficult, but Nigerians should wait until the end of the four-year mandate given to the administration before they can judge whether the government had performed or not.
The Minister said:
“We did not promise you that those challenges will be solved in one year or you would have given us a one-year mandate. But you gave us four years mandate, so wait till the end of four years before you can conclude that we have not done well.”
Amaechi, who was the Director General of the Campaign Organisation of President Muhammadu Buhari during the 2015 elections has also lamented that the refusal of the National Assembly to approve the government’s borrowing plan from China was drawing the government back, urging the people from the three states to prevail on the National Assembly to approve the loan.
The APC National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, also gave similar advice to Nigerians. While addressing hundreds of protesters who stormed his Ikoyi resident on Monday protesting for good governance.
He urged them to be patient with President Muhammadu Buhari, as protests won’t solve the problems of Nigeria. Comparing economic recession to traffic congestion he said traffic congestion can only delay one’s time of arrival but cannot alter one’s course.
“It (recession) is like when you are going through enormous traffic. What we are going through will be resolved. We are going through a historical phase of a country that is holding a promise for you. There is a leadership in the land and you have to live with that for now. Protests won’t solve the problem, will it?”
He further explained that it would be unfair to expect Buhari to fix the problems of the nation in less than two. “We are just two years into the administration. To make those changes effective and positive eventually, we have to be patient. The damage of 16 years will go through the system. You cannot get water out of a dry well.
He said the administration understands the grievances of the people and is working round the clock to tackle them all.
Meanwhile, the Senate President Bukola Saraki, in his speech at the 2-day Stakeholders Interactive Dialogue/Workshop on the Nigerian Power Sector for the National Assembly in Abuja today said nothing represents failure of the FG in the mind of Nigerians like the epileptic power situation in the country.
“Let me reiterate the urgency of this gathering in human terms. Wherever you go in the country nothing represents the failure of government and leadership in the mind of Nigerian like the epileptic power situation in the country.
“Fixing it is at the highest priority list of our people. In other words, our people are demanding that we do all that is in our power to reverse this long and unenviable power sector blight. We must get it right.”