“Nigeria seems to be on a collision course with destiny and the hopes of many are hanging in the balance. I can understand the sense of urgency and expediency in the expectations of Nigerians. Yet sincerely, I think we are expecting too much too soon. Change will come but it will be gradual but surely. It will amount to putting the cart before the horse to expect radical revolution from the General.
We must exercise patience and give him chance to deliver on his promises. What he needs more than anything is our support, cooperation, collaboration and goodwill. It is heartening to know that he has made anti-corruption campaign the meter of his administration. In order for this not to run out of steam, he must build institutions, both formal and informal, that will fight corruption and ensure Nigeria becomes a society of law abiding citizens.
His transition team and board of advisers should shun the temptation to secure their selfish interest and come up with pragmatic action plan that will help the president-elect realise his goal.
More than anything, the Gen. Buhari-led government must run an inclusive government of credible people with requisite competence that will ensure that no part of the country is left behind.
He must ensure that no group, class, gender or religion is discriminated against politically, economically, socially and infrastructurally.
This is the watershed moment to break the walls of ethnicity, elitism and religious bigotry that has continued to polarise the fragile unity of our nation.
He has a duty to turn the nation into a bridge in which every person, irrespective of his background and orientation, would see the state as a collaborator and an ally through which his dreams and ambitions can be realised.
A President that will deliver the dividends of democracy, a President that will respect the rule of law and follow due processes in prosecuting his agenda.
A President that will be a father to all Nigerians, irrespective of their colour, tongue, tribe, class or political party; a president who will be a statesman to the core.
A President that will be a comfort of the afflicted, hope of the despondent and the symbol of unity of the divergent Nigeria. That is the President that Nigeria needs and deserves.
The Catholic Archbishop Emeritus, Anthony Okogie, urging Nigerians to give time to the President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, to ensure the needed change