No matter the discontent in the country over how long it takes Pres. Muhammadu Buhari to take much needed actions, the president is unfazed and continues to view his sluggishness as a net positive thing.
On Thursday night, Buhari who had previously spoke with pride about his Baba-Go-Slow nickname, explained to APC leaders who joined him for dinner at the State House why he is never in a hurry to take a decision.
“I felt I had to invite you to let us eat together and I tell you that I am sitting here very much aware of the problem in this country. I will always reflect on historical antecedents.
“I decided to drop the uniform and come back here (to be President of Nigeria), so I have gone through it over and over again. This is why I am not in a hurry to do anything. I will sit and reflect, and continue to (operate) with my clear conscience,” he said.
It is hard to make sense of Buhari’s comments: If he had been in this role before and have had all these years to reflect on issues, why does it still have to take so much time for him to arrive at a decision? Besides, there is hardly a Nigerian who wants the president to rush into decisions – what Nigerians desire is a timely response to topical and longstanding issues.
For instance, Buhari took about half a year to appoint a cabinet, and almost three years to appoint heads and members of federal boards and agencies. Yet the outcome from those processes were far from satisfcatory with deceased people surfacing in the list as appointees.
Buhari told the APC chieftains that he remembers their support to him while he was vying for the office of president.
“I thank you very much for honouring my invitation and I am telling you that if I don’t call you, it is not because, for a moment, I ever forgot how you supported me at one stage or the other over the years,” he said,
Among those who visited the president were former Kano governor, Sen. Rabiu Kwankwaso, former Enugu governor Sullivan Chime, former Nasarawa governor Abdullahi Adamu, former APC governorship candidate in Delta Otega Omerhor, APC national chairman, John ODigie Oyegun, among others.