Abuja - Alhaji Bashir Tofa, former presidential candidate and Board of Trustees member at the All Progressives Congress (APC), claims that change is underway, although corrupt elements and incompetent aides are hindering President Muhammadu Buhari's progress.
In an interview published by Vanguard, Tofa alleged that Buhari inherited a bankrupt and defunct country, which he has managed to improve over the past 10 months.
According to Tofa, who contested the June 12, 1993 election, Buhari has helped return respect and credibility to Nigeria, despite the country having been thrown into the abyss by previous leaders.
"The last 16 or more years had seen Nigeria tumbling to the abyss, made bankrupt and almost destroyed. The majority of Nigerians became desperate for a saviour, and they saw that in President Muhammadu Buhari. They voted for him in the hope that he will usher in a new era of stability and prosperity. Hope skyrocketed. Buhari became the President in this atmosphere of uncertainty, but he was determined and confident that solutions will be immediately available."
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In addition, Tofa has urged Nigerian citizens to have patience regarding the APC-led government, encouraging conscious efforts to improve the country as a whole and not just the lives of certain individuals.
"What Nigeria went through in the past 16 years cannot be remedied in 10 months. Most politicians and people of any substance should know what manner of person President Buhari is. If you are with him, you just have to help Nigeria for Nigeria’s sake and not for what you expect to personally gain," he stated.
Speaking out on Buhari's change agenda, the elder advised Buhari to purge his administration, claiming that saboteurs, incompetent officials and corrupt elements will only work against progress and improvement within the lives of Nigerian citizens.
"The President needs to urgently purge his administration of these incompetent people around him, if he truly wants his agenda to succeed. And I know he truly and desperately needs his agenda for change and prosperity to succeed," said Tofa.
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