“Tinubu is trying his best, it’s too early to criticize, says Gowon to Nigerians

Kunle Sani

A former head of state, Yakubu Gowon has appealed to Nigerians to be patient and allow President Bola Tinubu more time to address the country’s challenges.

He says he believes that it is too early to expect perfect results and that we should not rush to conclusions.

Gowon said this on Wednesday while addressing State House Correspondence after a meeting with President Bola Tinubu at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

He said, “I think that all one can say is that Nigerians, we’ve got to give the president time. And it is too early to sort of say absolute result, perfect result will be achieved now. That is my opinion.

The comments made by the former head of state come amidst a period of increased economic hardship, which many Nigerians are experiencing. They have been calling for a quick solution to the issue.

Recently, hundreds of Nigerians took to the streets in Ibadan, the capital of Oyo state, and other parts of the country to protest against the high cost of living and food items. They are urging the government to take action and resolve the crisis.

The federal government, on its part, has promised to look into the lingering concerns of Nigerians.

During his meeting with Tinubu, Gowon said he informed the President about the issue of leaders being criticized while carrying out their duties.

This, he explained that leaders are often criticized because the people may not be aware of the underlying problems.

He said, “Well, I was telling him (Tinubu) that no Nigerian leader can get there and will not have all the reports of what is being said about him,” Gowon said.

“But certainly, there’s no doubt from what one hears and what one sees on the various media, etc. I think the government is trying their best to deal with the various problems of the country.

“Don’t you worry, you will get criticised, but people who get there know better than you know.

“I know and if I can remember, when I was fighting the war, I was told I was too slow and that probably Nigeria cannot make it, and that we should now seek for discussion.

“Well, did we do it or not? They probably do not know the problem underground, so that is where we are.”

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