Give Buhari 100 days, then attack him – Tinubu

By Amako Nneji July 28, 2015 17:29

Give Buhari 100 days, then attack him – Tinubu

National leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Ahmed Bola Tinubu has said President Muhammadu Buhari should be given the benefit of doubt till at least 100 days in office before branding him ‘Baba go slow’’ adding that the process of promised change is not magical.

Tinubu, speaking with State House correspondents shortly after meeting behind closed-doors with Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Tuesday, stated that he decided to visit the Buhari to welcome him from what he described as successful trip to the United States of America and to ensure that the party remained on track.

Following the events that led to the emergence of Ex-Kwara State Governor Bukola Saraki as the President of the 8th Senate and the return of Chief Ike Ekweremadu as the Deputy Senate President for a​ ​third term, Tinubu, had on June 10 through the Nation Newspaper,​in an article titled “The untold story of PDP’s coup behind Saraki’s Senate Presidency” attacked Buhari.

Buhari was berated for displaying neutrality in who emerges as the Senate President without due regard to the fate of the party.

    “Despite the choice of National Assembly leaders being a mixture of party politics and legislative duty, the aloofness, or the perceived neutrality of the President, allowed the ‘fight’ within the APC to fester until it went out of hand,” Tinubu had blasted Buhari

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity Garba Shehu had debunked the alleged rift between Buhari and Tinubu at the time.

See: Presidency denies knowledge of Buhari, Tinubu rift

While speaking on Tuesday, Tinubu gave Buhari a soft landing and begged Nigerians to give Buhari a minimum of 100 days for a political honeymoon.

    “May 29 was when this President was sworn in. It is an international norm; there is a 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.

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.

    “It is not fair to jump into those conclusions. 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.”

A political commentator Yemi Adebowale, had recently said that there was no time for Buhari to relax, rather he should hit the ground running.

According to him: “Buhari is supposed to hit the ground running considering the mirage of problems facing this nation rather he hit the ground and sat there.

    “The cabal controlling Nigeria has already ringed him. He could not appoint a Secretary to the Federal Government. He is struggling with his list of ministers. So many interest groups within his ruling All Progressives Congress are holding him by the jugular.

    “Ogbonnaya Onu and Rotimi Amaechi are battling for the position of SGF. Buhari should be reminded that a forward-looking leader like David Cameron of the United Kingdom announced his cabinet with 48 hours of emerging victorious.

    “Our dear Buhari could not even appoint a spokesman. He ended up appointing spokesmen. I have never heard of this in any sane society.

    “He has Femi Adesina and Garba Shehu appointed as spokesmen just to satisfy diverse interest groups. Ever heard of leaders like Barack

Obama or David Cameron operating with Spokesmen? This is an agenda for chaos in the media management area.’’

On the leadership crisis in the National Assembly, Tinubu said that it was only the conclusion of the media that the peace meeting called by Buhari on Monday ended in a deadlock.