General Overseer Latter Rain Assembly, Tunde Bakare on Friday said it was too soon to judge the performance of President Muhammadu Buhari as change takes time.
Bakare who was Buhari’s running mate during the 2011 Presidential Election under the platform of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), spoke to reporters at the Presidential Villa, after meeting with the President for about an hour.
“It is too early and to soon to begin to judge. If there is anything I know about Mr. President, it is that he has a good heart. He loves this country and he wants the country to run well. But it takes time. I know we are all impatient and in a hurry and I trust we will come out of the woods”
“I will like to appeal to all Nigerians that we should just exercise a bit of patience. This change will not become a chain that will tie all of us down. Change for good takes time and we should just exercise a little bit more of patience. We trust that government is listening and the leaders are listening too and they will respond to the yearnings and aspirations of Nigerians,” the cleric said when asked to rate the performance of the All Progressive Congress (APC) led government.
On the delay in delivering the change promised Nigerians, Bakare said, “When you are driving on a wrong direction, for example, you are going to Ibadan and you face Badagry and you get to Cotonu and you realize you have gone in the wrong direction for too long a time, then you make a U-turn, there will be some suffering you have to go through.
Pain is part of gain. No pain no gain. The years of wastage and all that we have done wrong has finally caught up with us. All we are praying for is wisdom for this government to do things right and to do the right things so that gradually, we can begin to come out of the woods”.
Asked if he supported the call to overhaul the President’s cabinet, he said, “That’s your opinion, not mine. And it is Mr. President’s. He can do what he likes when he likes it. He knows what he has given them. For example, I have not given any appointment to anyone so I can’t judge their performance. But if there are yardsticks and standards given to them and if they have performed below par, definitely, the president would not mind at the right time to do those things”.
The President also met with the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, shortly before his meeting with Bakare.
The Speaker was accompanied to the Villa by some lawmakers from the National Assembly including Senator Suleiman Nazif (Bauchi). Dogara who refused to answer questions posed by reporters maintained that he had only come to meet with the President.