Gabriel Abegunrin, the Catholic Archbishop of Ibadan, in defence of President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, told Nigerians not to expect him to perform magic after official handover on May 29.
Archbishop Abegunrin said this on Sunday, May 17 while speaking at the 49th World Communications Day celebration held at the St. Mary’s Cathedral, Oke Padi, Ibadan.
He therefore called on Nigerians to contribute positively to the country’s growth stating that all hands must be on deck for Nigeria to actualize her potential, Punch reports.
The cleric also called on Nigerians to appreciate the limitations of Buhari as a mortal and civilian president.
Archbishop Abegunrin also delivered the message of Pope Francis on the celebration with the theme, “Communicating the family: A privileged place of encounter with gift of love.”
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The cleric said it was glaring that Nigerians were expecting Buhari to bring immediate change to the country, warning that Buhari would fail if Nigerians refused to support his efforts and play their roles as change agents.
He further said,
“There is a great difference between then (when he was a military Head of State) and now. Then, it was rule by decree, but now, it is by the constitution. The rule of law must be followed and this is why the people must continue to pray for him to succeed.
“The job can only be easy for him with the cooperation and willingness of all to be change agents. All hands must be on deck, people should shun fraudulent activities, greed, violence and other vices because if he is there in Abuja advocating the right thing by his nature and the people are doing exactly the opposite of what he is saying and doing, then we will be on the same spot.”