Archbishop Anthony Cardinal Okogie has said President Muhammadu Buhari is not a stupid man, and neither is he a fool.
Okogie who is the Archbishop Emeritus of the Catholic Archdiocese of Lagos called on Nigerians to be patient with the president so he can deliver on his election promises, Vanguard reports.
“He is not a stupid man, he is not a fool and one thing I know he has in his head is that, he is no more a soldier so he has to take his time to make sure that things go the way they should go,” Okogie said.
The Archbishop said this on Wednesday, August 5, at an interactive session with newsmen in Lagos.
The cleric explained that Buhari needed time to correct the anomalies in the country.
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Okogie stated: “You know when you are entering a new job, you don’t rush; you got to take your time, because if you do not take your time you make a lot of mistakes.
“And right at his inauguration, he even mentioned it that the ground is rough; so he has to take his time to correct these things; I think that is what he is trying to do.
“Don’t you see what he is doing now with the Boko Haram, he is meeting all the Head of States and that thing cannot just take one second or one day or one week, he is going to win them over.”
According to the cleric, the economy of the nation has been destroyed completely by people who are supposed to be patriotic Nigerians.
He wondered what they would do with the money they have syphoned, saying: “If we can only remember that one day we are going to leave all these things behind, we are not going to carry them, then the nation will move, but we are not allowing things to move.”
Okogie said he could see signs of progress as two refineries are now working.
Some months back Bishop Okogie had assured Buhari of continuous prayers and support where necessary, while also calling on the people to be patient. He had said: “I reassure the president- elect of our prayers and spiritual solicitude, we look forward to seeing a president that will be the Nelson Mandela and the Le Kuan Yew of Nigeria.
He had also warned Buhari to be wary of “wolves in sheep clothing” and all the political jobbers who jumped ship to identify with the winning party.