Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, has expressed optimism that the President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari will put Nigeria back on the path of progress.
Speaking on Sunday when he received a delegation of South-West Women Leaders led by the Iyalode of Yorubaland, Mrs. Alaba Lawson, the former President said Buhari will govern the country well, appealing for patient and understanding of all Nigerians.
He anchored his optimism that Buhari will govern well on the fact that he is not a novice in governance, saying he would also leverage on the goodwill he enjoys from the people.
Mrs. Lawson had called on Obasanjo not to abandon the Buhari administration from May 29.
Responding, Obasanjo told his visitors, “When I came in 1999, there was no fuel and power. The situation was like this and I thought we had put that one behind us. The man that is coming on board has a lot of experiences in terms of governance.
“He is not a green horn. We have both worked together in administering, then as a military Head of State and we did it well. Nigerians need to exercise patience because what has been destroyed in eight years cannot be re-built in a day.
“Let’s give him time, let’s pray for him and let’s cooperate with him. We are all concerned about the present situation of Nigeria. The expectation is very high but at the same time, there is a lot of goodwill internally and externally for the incoming government.
“Once the incoming administration realises this and takes every step, particularly in the first three months, when people will be watching and counting, I think for me, we will get there.
“God has provided a new opportunity for Nigeria and Nigerians and I believe God does not make a mistake. One of the good things about the incoming President is that he is not a green horn.
“There are two things I believe the incoming President appreciates. He knows that the expectations of Nigerians are
high and that he should not be frightened by the situation on ground.
“All he has to do is to be honest with Nigerians, he should not deceive them. He should not be an ostrich. He should not deceive Nigerians and not to be too clever with them.
“There is a lot of goodwill for the incoming administration from within and outside the country. What is important is that steps have to be taken that will not lead to the squandering of the goodwill and I believe the incoming government will be able to take care of that”.