Bola Tinubu, National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has said Nigerians must remain patient as every nation goes through difficult times, noting that the citizens must remain united in order to overcome the current security challenges.
Tinubu said this to State House correspondents after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari alongside Bisi Akande, former interim chairman of the APC, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Monday.
The former Lagos State governor admitted that the country is facing some challenges but noted that no president would want his or her country to be in chaos.
He insisted that only a united response by the country’s leadership and citizens will help Nigerians conquer the spate of insecurity bedevilling the country.
He said: “The best way is what we are doing; coming together to reduce banditry, to move for unity and be able to bring a better Nigeria to the people. The welfare of our people is extremely important. And yes, every nation will go through these curves and difficult times. How we communicate it to the people, what are the areas to help make it easier for people to bear, those are ideas on how to be able to change the leadership of the country.
“There is no president who will want his country in chaos. Have you seen one? Point one to me. There is no one that will want his citizens exposed to banditry and danger. There’s no president or leader that will want his nation fractured by tribalism, religious differences and all that. It calls for serious management and serious evaluation and dialogue once in a while.”
The APC National Leader also dismissed rumours of a purported rift with President Buhari, noting that they enjoy a healthy relationship.
He said: “Nothing like that; nothing like unhealthy. Who is our doctor? Is it social media that is measuring the relationship? I don’t have to disturb him openly on camera. No, we have so many ways to look at issues. We have nothing like that.”
Tinubu also said the chances of the ruling party retaining power at the centre after Buhari in 2023 were very bright.
“I don’t want to predict that one right now. I don’t want to do that subject now. The chances are as bright as a midnight star. We’ll continue to work for a better Nigeria and that’s what you need.
“We cannot interject politics and assumption into everything. We have a nation to build; we have a baton to pass. You can depend on Buhari that he will not spend one hour beyond his tenure. He will do that. He will comply with the Constitution. So, how it happens? Read the Nigerian Constitution and find out from INEC website,” he said.