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Give Tinubu time to achieve results. Don’t rush to judge him – Gowon tells Nigerians

Gen.Yakubu Gowon

Former Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon (rtd), has appealed to Nigerians to give President Tinubu time to produce results and also cautioned Nigerians against rushing to judge the performance of the President.

He made the call while speaking to State House correspondents after meeting with President Tinubu at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Wednesday, February 21. The former Military leader said it is too early to deliver a final verdict on the Tinubu-led government.

‘’Well, I was telling him that no Nigerian leader can get there and will not have all the report of what is being said about him. But certainly, there’s no doubt from what one hears and what one sees on the various media, etc. I think the government is trying their best to deal with the various problems of the country. Don’t you worry you will get criticised, but people who get there know better than you know. I think all what one can say is that Nigerians, we’ve got to give the president time. And it is too early to sort of say absolute result, perfect result will be achieved now. That is my opinion. I know and if I can remember, when I was fighting the war, I was told I was too slow and that probably Nigeria cannot make it and that we should now seek for discussion.

Well, did we do it or not? They probably do not know the problem underground, so that is where we are.”

Gowon said he and Tinubu were able to clarify plans regarding ECOWAS during their talks on Wednesday.

“This is my first visit to Mr President since the inauguration, but I was there at the inauguration to wish him well and all success. If you remember how busy he was after that, visitors, members of government, various personalities, so it was not possible for me to be able to see him. After the time I had to travel abroad but from broad, he was able to reach me on my birthday and after that interesting social media report that I was dead.

But when I came back, I made a number of efforts but unfortunately I think because of his busy programme, it was not possible for me to see him. But luckily enough, this time he was able to give me the opportunity to see him and 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 father 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 reports 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. So that ECOWAS meeting was part of the discussion we had today. So that has been done and solved and I hope that we can probably be able to have that message done later on today at ECOWAS headquarters probably by 5pm, they will let you know” he said

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