The President-elect Muhammadu Buhari is confident there will be positive changes in the country, even as he pleads for understanding from the citizenry not to expect results immediately from his administration when it takes over on May 29.
Speaking on Wednesday at his Daura, Katsina homestate when Jigawa State Governor-elect, Alhaji Muhammadu Badaru Abubakar, Senators-elect and would-be House of Representatives members from the state visited him.
The president-elect told Nigerians that corrective policies would take time to achieve results and that they should also exercise patience. He reiterated his administration’s commitment to fighting economic sabotage, bribery, corruption and insecurity.
“People should not expect change immediately because of accumulation of problems in the country. There is need for more time and prayer from the public for the incoming administration to handle matters and bring change. I am affirming my commitment to fighting economic sabotage, insecurity, bribery and corruption.”
Abubakar said they were in Daura to reiterate their loyalty and support for the president-elect, adding that the state would support the incoming All Progressives Congress (APC) government’s policies to bring positive change.
The governor-elect was accompanied by his deputy, Alhaji Ibrahim Hassan Hadejia, the three Senators-elect and 11 incoming members of the House of Representatives, who won on APC platform, as well as the party’s leaders and officials of the National Association of Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA).
And what will be the priority areas of the incoming federal government? The fine-tuning of the mid-term and long-term plans was at the centre of discussions as the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Working Committee (NWC) met for many hours in Abuja.
According to National Publicity Secretary Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the meeting due to end today, will make recommendations to President-elect Muhammadu Buhari.
“All we discussed was to make recommendations on how the transition committee should hit the ground running; what should be immediate mid-term and long term priority of government. I am telling you what we discussed since morning has been what should be the priority of government. Power sharing was not discussed. We are going to resume the discussion tomorrow”. This government is not going to be like before, we discussed serious issues and honestly, believe me, things will work out well with God on our sides”.
On the transition committee which will interface with the Federal Government’s team, Mohammed said, “I don’t even know the members myself, because we only made recommendations to the President-elect”.
Speaking on the governorship elections, Mohammed said the party was not satisfied with what happened in Akwa Ibom, Rivers. “We are also very dissatisfied with what happened in Taraba State, we are waiting to see what is going to happen in Imo, Abia and I think tomorrow the candidate in Taraba State is going to address the media on what happened in her state”.
Asked to confirm reports over whether the President-elect will prune down the number of ministries, he said: “No such nonsense was ever discussed.”