Hardship: Be patient with Tinubu, Gowon tells Nigerians

Former Head of State General Yakubu Gowon (rtd) Wednesday appealed to Nigerians to be patient with the outcome of some of the economic policies of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s administration.

Gowon made the appeal while fielding questions from State House correspondents after a meeting with the president in his office in Abuja.

He said there was the need for the Tinubu administration to achieve concrete outcomes while acknowledging that the citizens have the right to express concerns about the actions of government.

“I was telling him that there’s no Nigerian leader that can get there, that will not get all of these, all that is being said about him. But certainly there is no doubt about all what one has heard and seen from various media. I think the government is trying its best to deal with the various problems of the country.

“But with Nigerians, don’t you worry, you will get criticised, but people who get there know better than you know. I think all one can say to Nigerians is that they have to give the president time to get things really done and it is too early to sort of say perfect result will be achieved. That is my opinion.

“At least, if I remembered, I was told that I was too slow, fighting the war and that probably Nigeria would not make it and that we should seek for discussion. Well, did we do it or not? They probably did not know the problem there on the ground there,” he said.

Gowon also denied reports in some section of the media that he turned down the invitation to intervene in the crises ravaging members of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

“I came to discuss various matters especially the issue of the ECOWAS problem at the moment which I think needs to be resolved. And being the surviving leader, or founding fathers of the ECOWAS, I think we had to discuss some of his plans in order to see what can be done to bring the matter under control.

“So, this is what has brought me here and we had a very interesting meeting and I’m sure some of you have read report that I refused to attend ECOWAS conference isn’t it? Is it you that did that report? Who did that? You know trying to give that impression that it was me who was probably trying to sort of sabotage ECOWAS.

“No, that is not the case. I think there was a miscommunication but then it gave the opportunity for Mr President to call me so that we can discuss what I was to do,” he said.