The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Bola Tinubu, has told Nigerians that protests across the country were not the solutions to the prevailing economic challenges.
He, however, promised that President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration would provide solution to all the challenges the citizens of the country are going through at the moment.
Speaking to some protesting groups who were armed with different placards about their grievances against the Federal Government, Tinubu said the present administration was trying its best to provide good governance and address basic problems in the country and therefore urged Nigerians to be patient with the incumbent administration. “What we are going through now will be resolved. We are going through a historical phase of a country that is promising and holding the promise for you. There is a leadership on the line.
And you have to live with that for now. Protest won’t solve the problem, will it? “You are right when you say there is a lot of unemployment in the country, epileptic power supply and series of other un-commendable developments in the country. In every political situation, we have the twists and turns. It cannot be straight all the time. We are the same victims. You carry a placard.
I have been a placard carrier since when? “This government is a product of a protest. If you didn’t have a bad administration then, you won’t vote for us. You voted on our promises. We are just two years into that promise compared to 16 years that they took over that they could have made the changes,” he told the protesters. Tinubu also said that the damage of over 16 years of misgovernance and bad leadership cannot be turned around overnight, noting that the solution to Nigeria problems is replanning and not protest.
“We sold APC to you. Please, hang on to it. You have your rights to vote against us during election if you want. But, I remain in the party because we will retool this party. We will retool this government.
“The damage of over 16 years of misgovernance cannot be turned around overnight. Let’s be patient. Let’s have the understanding. Let’s hang on to hope. There is nothing more effective that can drive you better than hope and belief in a positive turn of this situation. “We understand. We are not saying you are not suffering. We are not saying unemployment has not increased. I have no argument. But, economy cannot collapse one day. Systemic problem had occurred before now. Fine!
We are not running away from that responsibility, we are going to face it squarely and we are going to bring prosperity back to the country.” While stressing the need for Nigerians to be patient and have faith in the leadership of the present administration, Tinubu said there was nothing that can drive Nigerians better than hope and belief in a positive turn of the present situation.
“Yes, we are working on the electricity. Without electricity, there could be no industrialization and explosion of employment opportunities for our people. To fetch water out of the rock, you have to endure some blisters. Be patient. Let us have faith in our leaders.
“We have continued to manage Lagos and you have seen progress. It’s because of the consistent application of our programmes. At the time we started in 1999, it was a terrible situation here in Lagos. Dead body on the street, no ambulances, LASU was completely disintegrated, extremely dangerous mortuaries. What you have today was because you endured then. Just go and endure again. “It is your right to protest any misgovernance and any perceived bad treatment; no one should stop you.
However, if you get engaged, you don’t have to suffer the burning sun. I have given you the respect that you deserve. Please, go back, calm down, hang on to hope, visit me whenever it’s necessary, the job will be available,” Tinubu implored the people.