President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday, admitted that Nigerians are facing difficult moment, but promised to change the governance from its old way and make life better for people.
The President guaranteed Nigerians that situation the country will soon be better just as South west governors put forward suggestions on how perceptions of marginalisation could be redressed.
This admission and pledge were made on behalf of the President by his political adviser, Senator Femi Ojudu at the South West conference of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ibadan, Oyo State capital.
He said: “You all may well know the darkest part of the night is the period before dawn. Nigeria’s dawn is about to break. We are determined to turn things around. Change is not easy, but we are not relenting until we achieve a better life for all Nigerians. The change we advocate will be irrevocable when we are finally done. We just have to change from our old ways of doing things because things cannot be allowed to continue the way they were. Though, things may appear difficult at the moment, it will not be long before Nigerians start deriving the full benefits of the current policies of government which are designed to reposition the country and improve on the prevailing economic situation.”
Speaking further, he said: “Already, there are signs that things are turning round for the better. In the oil and gas industries for instance, many investors are showing tremendous interest in building petroleum refineries. In no distant time, the issues of fuel scarcity will become a thing of the past.”
Also addressing the party’s members at the congress, APC national chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun charged party members to enlighten the public that effecting change in the polity would take time. Oyegun noted that 16 years of PDP rot cannot be reversed in 15 months. He as well beseeched them to bear with the administration on the fact that the government met extensive damage when it came to power.
The host Governor, Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State, in his speech said leaders of the party in the South West were not fair in their complaints of marginalisation by President Buhari, saying they have been too distant from the presidency.
Also addressing the congress, Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun state, on his part made a fresh call for restructuring, genuine and true federalism and a Nigeria that is all-inclusive.
Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, who was represented by his deputy, Chief Mrs Yetunde Onanuga said many people are tired in this era of change urging them to be strong-hearted.