From Romanus Ugwu, Abuja
Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, has pleaded with Nigerians to continue exercising patience with President Muhammadu Buhari, describing him as a long distance runner and not a sprinter. Shehu, who spoke during an interactive session with students and youths, in a meeting organised by the Citizen Support for Good Governance in Nigeria (CSGGN) in Abuja at the weekend, urged Nigerians to appreciate the humongous achievements President Buhari has recorded in the area of security.
While insisting that Buhari meant well for Nigerians, Shehu argued that the Boko Haram insurgents would have taken over the seat of power, Presidential Villa had the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), under former President Goodluck Jonathan, continued in office. In his words: “Your support for Muhammadu Buhari, I assure you, will not be in vain. If you look at him, he has achieved everything one desires to achieve and he chose the military career and rose to become an Army General. Beyond that, he became a military head of state.
“So, if the ambition of one is to rule one’s country, he has achieved that already. But President Buhari fought three times and won on the fourth count with the firm belief that he has something to offer the future generations of this country. In essence, what I am saying is that he doesn’t have personal wish for fortune, for power, to acquire houses or money, no! That is not Buhari.
“He wants a future that is secure and stable for young generations that are coming that is yourselves. This why in his messages, he has stayed on three key issues; he has reported this over and over again. He says this country cannot make any progress without security.
Throwing more light on why he described President Buhari as a marathoner, he said: “It is because there are presidents, who are 100-day presidents, presidents who seek to make the impact they want to make in 100 days or in one year in order to catch headlines and create impression. President Buhari wants to put in place something that will endure. It is easier to destroy than to rebuild.”
He said Buhari was working to restructure the economy, insisting: “No country will develop when you are having to import everything, including tooth pick and tissue paper.”
As I speak to you now, Nigeria just achieved the record of the second largest producer of rice in the world. The rice revolution just started a year ago.” (The Sun)