Former Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon (rtd), on Thursday pleaded with Nigerians to exercise more patience with President Muhammadu Buhari as he tries to re-position the country.
Gowon, who noted that governance is never an easy affair, said “Nigeria is not an easy place to govern”, hence the propriety of giving any new government time to first put things in order.
The former military ruler made this position known when he spoke to journalist at the Ikenne home of the late Chief Obafemi Awolowo, shortly after leading a delegation of the Awolowo Foundation to condole with the family on the death of Chief (Mrs.) Hannah Idowu Dideolu Awolowo last month.
Gowon said: “Let me tell you this, it was not easy. When I became Head of State, I hoped that within three months or six months at most, we would be done. But when you have problems in a nation, it is not easy to do them overnight. So, you’ve always got to give time and you’ve got to be patient for leaders to be able to get things in order.
“Whenever any government comes in, give them time to be able to really put things right. Nigeria is not an easy place to govern.
“I can assure there are as many problems as there are Nigerians in the world and everybody wants to do things in a particular way, in his own way and probably for his own interest.
“And you think of that, how are you going to get all that put together and put things right? I think we’ve got to be patient and cooperate with the government to do the right thing.
“We should never be tired of telling the government what needed to be done in order to improve things”.