The National Leader of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, urged protesters to be patient with Buhari, insisting that protests could not solve the problems of Nigeria.
Tinubu said 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.
The APC chieftain likened economic recession to traffic congestion.
The former governor of Lagos State 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?”
When the angry protesters asked what would solve the problem, he added, “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 about the unfavourable exchange rate.
He said only importers should be affected by the forex scarcity since Nigerians earned their salaries in naira.
The former governor of Lagos State said the Peoples Democratic Party misruled Nigeria for 16 years, arguing that it would be unfair to expect Buhari to fix the problems of the nation in less than two years.
Tinubu said, “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.
An aide to the former governor, however, attempted to stop the protesters, insisting that “this is not a question and answer session.”
“If the PDP did not have a bad administration then, you would not have voted for us. You voted based on our promise. We are just two years into that promise compared to 16 years.’’