The APC chieftain disclosed this on Monday while addressing some anti-government protesters who were led to his Bourdillon, Ikoyi home by Moremi Ojudu, the daughter of the Special Adviser to President on Political Matters, Senator Babafemi Ojudu.
Speaking to the protesters who stormed his Ikoyi home, the former governor of Lagos State, Bola Tinubu said:
“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?”
The angry protesters asked what would solve the problem, in response he said: “The issue is re-planning, being responsive, being able to get engaged with you so that you will see the problem that we are facing. That is it.”
Tinubu advised Nigerians to stop complaining noting that it would be unfair to expect Buhari to fix the problems of the nation in less than two years.
“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.
“I am not worried by the exchange rate because your salary should be in naira and you are not an importer. Maybe that is even teaching us a lesson; to be dependent on our domestic products.
“I understand what your grievances are: Unemployment. We have tackled insecurity, corruption is seriously being attacked.”
The OneNigeria protest held yesterday in major cities of the country despite 2face Idibia pulling out of the planned protest at the eleventh hour.
In Lagos, people came out in their numbers to join in the protest, actors, and entertainers inclusive. Charly Boy (a.k.a Area Fada), Seyi Law and a few other Tinsel Actors in addition to a groundswell of protesters, marched round the streets.
Even the Lagos State Police Commissioner came out too and walked with the Protesters to the National Theatre. His presence was security itself for the protests.
In the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Abuja, protesters were seen in large number marching fromUnity Fountain in Maitama District, chanting songs and displaying placards, as they headed towards the presidential villa in the upscale Asokoro District.
The Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, on Monday, February 6, responded to the nationwide protest saying President Muhammadu Buhari has heard the cries of Nigerians “loud and clear”.
Osinbajo made this known at a Consultative Forum on the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan held at the old Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, Abuja. He also addressed protesters via his Facebook page.