The General Overseer of the Latter Rain Assembly, Pastor Tunde Bakare, said yesterday that it is too early to judge the performance of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Addressing State House correspondents after meeting behind closed-doors with the president in the Presidential Villa, Bakare, who was Buhari’s running mate in the 2011 general elections, said the president meant well for Nigeria.
“It is too early and too soon to begin to judge. If there is anything I know about Mr. President, it is that he has a good heart. He loves this country and he wants the country to run well. But it takes time. I know we are all impatient and in a hurry, but I trust we will come out of the woods,” he said.
On the change mantra of the All Progressives Congress, he said: “When you’re driving in a wrong direction; for example, you’re going to Ibadan and you face Badagry and you get to Cotonou and you realise you’ve gone in the wrong direction for too long a time; then you turn back and make a u-turn. There’ll be some suffering you’ve to go through,” Bakare said.
“Pain is part of gain. No pain, no gain. The years of wastage and all we’ve done wrong has finally caught up with us. All we’re praying for is wisdom for this government to do the right things so that gradually, we can begin to come out of the woods,” he added and appealed to Nigerians to exercise patience, as good change takes time.
Asked if he felt Buhari needs to reshuffle his cabinet, he responded: “That’s your opinion, not mine. He can do what he likes when he likes it. He knows what he has given them. I’ve not given any appointment to anyone, so I can’t judge their performance. But if there are yardsticks and standards given to them and if they’ve performed below bar, definitely, the president would not mind, at the right time, doing those things.”
On why he was at the Villa, he said: “I came to see the president, and he is doing very well health-wise. That’s all I came to do.”