Chief Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), on Monday, February 6, was seen addressing.This was just as scores of armed policemen as at 8:30 am, took strategic positions at the National Stadium, Surulere and environs, following insistence by some activists to continue with today’s protest despite call off by Tuface Idibia. The protesters were led by Moremi Ojudu, the daughter of the Special Adviser to President Buhari on political matters, Senator Babafemi Ojudu, in front of Tinubu’s bourdillon house at the Ikoyi area of the state. The protesters insisted that Tinubu must come out to personally address the issues on ground.
This was after they had waited for almost an hour and left unattended to and also after several attempts by his security personnel to disperse the crowd. The APC Chieftain later bowed to pressure, begging Nigerians for patience with the Buhari-led government. He said, “Nigerians should be patient with APC. “We are not denying the fact that Nigerians are suffering and have the right to protest, but party and economy must be returned to shape. “We are two years into the administration. To make those changes effectively and positively eventually, we have to be patient; we have to have the hope. “I’m not worried about the exchange rate they are pursuing because your salary should be in Naira and you are not an importer or exporter, are you?
“Maybe that is teaching us a lesson to be dependent on our domestic products, isn’t it? To develop other talents, areas. I understand your grievances, unemployment etc and you know, corruption is seriously being attacked. “Don’t worry, our money will come back. the damage of 16 years will go through the system. You cannot get water out of a dry land. “Nigeria is going through a phase. “You have the right to protest, This government is also a product of protest,” he added. In a similar vein, the Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, on Monday, February 6, said that President Muhammadu Buhari has heard the cries of Nigerians “loud and clear” following a nationwide protest.
According to Osinbajo, Buhari who is currently on medical vacation, has promised the present administration would ensure that all Nigerians get a fair deal. Osinbajo made this known at a Consultative Forum on the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan held at the old Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Although, he admitted that the nation is in what he called a serious economic situation, President Buhari had acknowledge it. “We hear you loud and clear,” Osinbajo said.