National leader of the ruling Party, All Progressive Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu has reacted to the protest held against the Muhammadu Buhari led regime.
Speaking with protesters who visited his Bourdillon residence in Ikoyi, Lagos, on Monday, the politician/erstwhile Lagos state governor admitted there is suffering in the land, but he said the damage of the last 16 years is not something that .can be repaired overnight.
According to him, the current government is a “product of protest”, but he appealed to Nigerians to be more understanding of the challenges the current government is facing.
“What we are going through now will be resolved. We are going through the historical phase of a country that is promising,” he said.
“In every political situation, you have the twists and the turns; it cannot be straight all the time. We are all victims. You are carrying placards… I have been a placard carrier since when? This government is a product of protest.
“But there is a leadership in the land, and you have to live with that for now. Protest won’t solve the problem, will it?” he added.
When asked to proffer a solution to the issue, Tinubu said: “Re-planning; being responsive; being able to engage the people so that we will see what their challenges are is the most effective way of handling the issue.
“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.
“If there was no bad administration then, you wouldn’t have voted for us. The damage of 16 years cannot be solved easily. You cannot get water out of a dry land. To fetch water out of the rock, you have to endure. Be patient. Let’s have faith in our leaders.
“We sold APC to you, please hang on to it. There is nothing more effective that can drive you than hope and belief.” He stated.
Despite the controversial withdrawal of music star, 2face Idibia, the protest held and witnessed the participation of thousands of protesters who carried placards voicing their anger and disappointments.
The government is yet to release a press statement in reaction to the protest at the moment of reporting this story.