Stop blaming Tinubu for Nigeria’s problems – Bode George 

Former Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olabode George, has urged Nigerians to stop blaming President Bola Tinubu for the problems facing the country, saying the problems were inherited.

He said the one year the President has just spent in the office, was too short to fix the problems of Nigeria, because mostly in any administration, the first one year was spent to study situation of things met on ground.

George who said this at a press briefing in Lagos, maintained that most of problems the Tinubu administration was faced with were inherited from his predecessor, whom he said made Nigeria situation get worse, and he was surprised some people still defended that administration.

While taking an overview of how Nigeria fared in the last 25 years, he said, “the Nigerian state almost collapsed because many Nigerians will agree that that eight-year era of Buhari was probably the worst in Nigerian history.

“Everything promised before the 2015 general elections was observed in the breach by the Buhari administration.

Despite that calamity, it is a pity that some Nigerians have come out to defend that administration, which ruled Nigeria for eight years. 

“They are now blaming the Bola Tinubu administration which has spent about one year in office. Government administration is not a hundred-meter dash race. We will advise and condemn so that in a year’s time, we can assess the methodology and performance of the Government.”

Chief George maintained that president Tinubu should be given time to prove himself of being capable of fixing Nigeria problems.

He noted that in the last 25 years after the military returned to the barracks, Nigeria is gradually becoming the permanent invalid Giant of Africa.

“Nigeria is known as the Giant of Africa but unfortunately, the political scenario since 1999, when the most populous black nation in the world returned to democratic rule, is making this country the butt of jokes globally.”

George explained that all patriots were ashamed of what was going on in the country as the polity was straying towards its elastic limit. 

“It is now over-stressed and over-stretched beyond the bounds of acceptability. Our survival as a nation is genuinely being questioned by all lovers of democracy.

“Violence sprouts everywhere and the country gradually descends into a dangerous gangland where the rule of the bayonet and clubs seems to be the norm.

“If Nigeria is to survive (and I pray this happens very fast), this ruinous course must be reversed immediately.

“And this can only be done through a collective determination of the rulers and the ruled, leaders and the led, that, come what may, this is the only country we have and we must do everything to ensure that Nigeria regains its rightful place in the comity of nations,” he explained.