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Buhari Addresses Some Nigerians’ Perceptions that He is ‘Moving too Slow’



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President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday in Washington, United States, said he would work very hard to sustain the goodwill his government had received at home and abroad.

The President was answering a question after his address at the United States Institute for Peace.

He was asked how he intended to leverage on the enormous goodwill being enjoyed by his administration and meet the huge expectations of the people.

He said despite his perceived slowness and the reality of lack of resources, he would work very hard “so that people will see and believe that we are trying and can deliver and hopefully become less critical.”

Buhari acknowledged the huge challenges confronting his administration such as the crash in the price of crude oil, its theft, and pipeline vandalism in the Niger Delta, hostage taking and insecurity in the North East.

He restated his determination to sustain the goodwill by working very hard. “And I believe I will succeed.”

Earlier, the President said “despite our current challenges, Nigeria’s commitment to good governance, anti-corruption, democracy and security of lives and property remains firm. Similarly, I must reaffirm that despite the current challenges that we face domestically, we are ready and willing to face our duties…fixing Nigeria’s problems as formidable as they are the responsibility of Nigerians.’’

According to him, international community can only assist, but the hard work belongs to Nigerians and their government.

“I will, as President, lead from the front, but all Nigerians, including the opposition parties, civil society organisations, business and religious leaders, public servants, labour unions, the youths and professional associations, all have important roles to play to get our country back on a sound economic footing’’, he said.

Former US Secretary of State for African Affairs, Johnnie Carson had described President Buhari as a “very humble and strong personality with enormous integrity and commitment to good governance and uplifting the lives of the citizenry.’’

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Carson moderated the interactive.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) was established by the Federal Government of Nigeria in May 1976 to gather and distribute news on Nigeria and cover events of interest to Nigeria at the international level for the benefit of the Nigerian Media and the Public.


  1. omo naija

    July 23, 2015 at 9:37 am

    Slow and steady wins the race. Sai Buhari! Sai BABA!!

    • ZeldaL

      July 23, 2015 at 10:06 am

      Let us demand accountability. Enough of the chorus. We should not tip toe around this man. We wanted change, it will not happen if we give Buhari a free pass. The propaganda is becoming sickening. Enough. The morning determines the day. So far, the morning of this administration is not looking good. I voted APC by the way. Let us begin to demand answers.

      Me I tire o.

    • Question

      July 23, 2015 at 11:26 am

      Before we demand answers please tell us the questions.

    • Adanmanma

      July 23, 2015 at 12:55 pm

      @question, u don’t deserve an answer. I think you know? Good. Now run along let adults talk.

    • nnenne

      July 23, 2015 at 12:03 pm

      But I choose speed and accuracy, anytime, anywhere, any day!
      Time and tide waits for no one.

  2. warizdiz

    July 23, 2015 at 9:42 am

    But you are moving too slow even your own party men have said so. Committing blunders left and right. You are still campaigning. It is still about the PDP. You won the election, get to work. You are an old man and there is a limit to what you alone can oversee. Nigeria is a vast and dynamic country it is dangerous to allow it coast along without a clear vision on how to steer her affairs. The economy is at a standstill. Investors are weary of putting their money in uncertainty. Security is much worse now before you took over. You have fallen back into character. Once a military dictator, always a dictator. You alone cannot run the affairs of Nigeria. Get people on board to support you. There are numerous quick wins you can take advantage of but you are just frittering all these away. You had a lifetime to prepare for this job but you come across as unprepared.

    You have failed so far on the fundamentals that got you elected. Security, the economy, and corruption is still ongoing becos, there is no supervision. All we hear is I will, I will, Oga recruitment is over.

    • ekalor

      July 23, 2015 at 10:29 am

      Clearly, you expected that he will wave his magic wand and all our troubles will go away….

      Please ask yourself, if Jonathan was reelected, will it be any better…

      Let’s be honest with ourselves for once.

    • MaskyLa

      July 23, 2015 at 10:58 am

      But magic is what Buhari promised. So, magic we demand. This is not about Jonathan.

    • nnenne

      July 23, 2015 at 12:07 pm

      Jonathan was not elected, so forget about him and demand that Buhari and his team should get to work. We are smarter than all the media spinning and propaganda.

    • Miss

      July 23, 2015 at 10:40 am

      Patience is truly a virtue!!!

    • MeMyself&I

      July 23, 2015 at 2:44 pm


      ”How do i get out of this problem i put myself? I asked to be President and i got it and now i have to solve the problems”

      As he was closing his remarks he said ”I wish you all Good luck” and the crowd erupted into thunderous laughter.

      See, even Buhari can never get GEJ out of his blood, GEJ gives him sleepless nights and days.

      Buhari knows Nigerians are eagerly waiting for change. We will support Buhari to excel but Baba has to stop with the propaganda.

    • McMill Son Of Mill

      July 23, 2015 at 2:48 pm

      @Band Wagon, Don’t be sick o. if you sick, OYO is your own. All doctors are waiting for change.

    • Flaming

      July 23, 2015 at 4:47 pm

      The most stupid people I have seen are the APC worshipers. It is like being on drugs. Their mind is so befuddled. A new govt comes into power promising change. Even the President himself has confirmed that he is slow. What is the problem if the people ask him to be more efficient? Give it two more years, most politicians will start jostling for 2019. What will happen then? Considering how Buhari thirt for this office, you will think he will hit the ground running.

      I expect the Buharist to ginger the man. Now, Buhari is everybodys President and people should ask him what he is doing? Two months now and this man does not see the need to address the nation but he was busy granting interviews in America. Is all these change mantra about image laundering?

      So far, I do not believe Buhari has done much. What I see and hear is how much of a saint Buhari is. The campaigns are done with and he is now President.

    • Angry Me too

      July 23, 2015 at 4:52 pm

      Now that the Jamboree is over, I hope Buhari can seat down and do some serious work. I am getting tired of I will, I will, I will. It is getting too much.

      Ireti pipe…….

    • Band wagon mentality

      July 23, 2015 at 11:04 am

      What sickens me in this country is the band wagon mentality.

      Those who think they know, but know not that they know nothing.

      Why are you all crying about appointing ministers? Let me school you my friend.
      Ministers are political appointees, and in the case of Nigeria, many minsters don’t even have a knowledge about the portfolio they are given/assigned.

      Ministers only come to oversee the ministry (e.g finance, agric, works…) The main professionals who run those ministries are on ground- The Permanent secretaries, down to the Directors, down to the Deputy Directors, down to the Assistant Directors…. These are the people who run the ministries and are in-charge. Buahri had a meeting with all the PS recently, was aired on NTA and there was a debriefing by them all

      The ministers only come to look for a way to siphon money, do the will of their masters and godfathers. The ex ministers have done so much harm (read that up) and that is what Buhari is trying to curtail.

      In a sane country, you don’t need that much cabinet. You dont need a senior minister and a junior minister. It is only in Nigeria’s constitution that each state has to be represented in the cabinet.

      If you dont know, let me tell you some changes that have occured (from my head not even going to research and list them for you)

      1. Blockage of numerous National bank accounts used by ex administration to siphon money

      2. LNG proceeds (that was used as a bailout for states to pay workers salaries) was meant to be paid in to FAAC account but has never been remitted to d federation account till this June when Buhari came in. They ate up the previous years own

      3. There is no more fuel scarcity like before

      4. EFCC has started probing the past public office holders who were saddled with the responsibility of using a particular budget vote, but diverted them

      5. Improved international perception of Nigeria’s image

      6. Fear instilled in the heart of officials, everyone sitting up and not business as usual

      7. Just yesterday, VP told NURTW members that no one will be above the law, Buhari saying not even his party members will be left out….cant you see change coming?

      You will just sit down there and type rubbish.
      Even if you are a die hard PDP supporter, atleast talk with facts and reason

      Many of you love things to go the way it has always been cos you benefit from that corrupt system. Now that Buhari is trying to put everything in place, you start yarning dust.

      Let me tell you, if your father is an ex minister, you people better be prepared now cos you must vomit our money you ate

    • Band wagon mentality

      July 23, 2015 at 11:10 am

      i remember another one,

      A conference going on today or so in Lag where the VP, Dangote, GTB guy and others would be talking and strategising on creating 1.2m jobs by December.

      Many just sit behind their system, ignorant of how things work and even fail to update themselves even when the information is out there.

      If you like run out of patience, go to Aso rock and tell him to step aside.

      All you know is how to talk and type rubbish
      Angry much

    • kikiki

      July 23, 2015 at 11:20 am

      @Band wagon mentality did you fart those craps you just wrote?
      Nigeria don’t need ministers???? Go stitch that leaking hole you call mouth!
      Blind follower kikikikiki

    • Warizdiz

      July 23, 2015 at 12:42 pm

      Have you finished venting? Ok drink ice water. Answers to your questions:

      1. Ministers may be political appointees, but world wide they are the voice and the face of the portfolio they supervise.
      2. If you believe Minister do not know anything about their portfolios then, you are very ignorant on how govt works. If this be the case any Tom dick and Harry will be minister.
      3. Now that Buhari has confirmed we do not need a bloated support system to function, the sane thing to do would be to appoint a small team of those who have the capability and can do spirit. No one would complain if this has been done by now. Except you are saying in a country of 170million people Buhari cannot find any honest men and women to support him.
      4. Did you say no more fuel scarcity like before? Pls. How much do you pay for a litre of fuel? If you cannot get it at the official rate, it is same o same. Is it cheaper now?
      5. Improved international image of Nigeria? How? Becos Buhari visited the U.S.? Becos Obama said so? Buhari practically grovelled all thru his meeting in America.
      6. EFCC, is that a joke or what? Probe who?
      7. The VP told the NURTW that nobody will be above the law? Is that supposed to be news?
      8. States hv been bailed out which is good. You all jubilation. But, For ur information, states where given the money but in actual fact, banks were bailed out.
      9. We expect magic from this administration. The APC campaigned was based on lies that is what got Buhari into power. Do you blame the people for demanding that magic begins to work? Now, it is about being patient. Like someone else said, maybe if we all complained like some of us are now, the country will not be what it is now.
      10. Has security improved? Is the $exchange rate better now? Is fuel cheaper now? How is the economy doing? As an investor, will you invest in an economy being run by a sole administrator when the sole administrator is a scare monger?

      Yes my father was and is a minister while yours chase bush rats.
      Also, Maybe, if you calm down rather than tearing your hair out you will like most reasonable people who Hv chosen not to participate in this fraud ask hard questions.

      Like l said to some idiot like you yesterday. I choose not to be a STUPID & GULLIBLE SHEEP.

    • phoenixceleste

      July 23, 2015 at 3:07 pm

      God’ll bless you for spärking their deäd bräins!

  3. babym

    July 23, 2015 at 9:53 am

    I really do wish this man all the very best and I think its just very sad that a lot of ppl are actually rooting for him to fail just say they can say they were right. like how would that benefit any of us in the long run? I really do think its time to let the pain and hurt from the reality of the elections go and lets come together and root for the rebuilding and success of our nation. God is love.

    • FasholasLover

      July 23, 2015 at 11:06 am

      We will root for him when we see change. Everybody cannot be clapping when it is so obvious that we are still in campaign mode. The conspiracy of silence is deafening. You say Jonathan messed up. Maybe, if people like you wailed, we won’t be wailing today. Kapish?

      #Proudly wailing for Nigeria. This is the new battle cry for accountability. (Thx Proffessor X)

    • Root and Stem

      July 23, 2015 at 11:22 am

      Would you recognise “change” when you see it? Merry Wailing oooo

    • babym

      July 23, 2015 at 11:44 am

      lmaoooo. r u making this up as you go along? where did I say Jonathan messed up????? lolol, You have just proven my point you know lol. Have a nice lunch.

    • FasholasLover

      July 23, 2015 at 12:49 pm

      Not everyone is daft like u root and stem. If I don’t, no cause for alarm America will tell us. Afterall, the strategy framework for this regime is America said, America will……We now look up to America to tell us when day breaks.

    • Adanmanma

      July 23, 2015 at 12:52 pm

      @babym, you implied it.

      Don’t hide. Be bold. Nobody can come and beat you from behind their computer.

    • FasholasLover

      July 23, 2015 at 1:29 pm

      Don’t mind her. Pretending and acting brand new.

    • babym

      July 23, 2015 at 3:50 pm

      @fahsola lover and @adamana na wa for una o lool, I actually voted for goodluck u know, when reasonable ppl speak positively of Buhari, it is not because we think goodluck failed or whatnot, it is simply because we are mature enough to see the bigger picture. Hope you had a nice lunch 🙂

  4. Ngozi

    July 23, 2015 at 10:43 am

    Oga we dey fyn jobooo

  5. yelloW sissy

    July 23, 2015 at 10:45 am

    He doesn’t know the difference between the civilian rule and the military rule that’s why he’s stuck for months.He was once there but still a learner.Oshibanjo’s duty is to offer condolence visit to the boko haram vicitms,Is that why we are here?still waiting for the change.


    July 23, 2015 at 10:48 am


  7. Gbemi

    July 23, 2015 at 12:34 pm

    The sad part is majority of The wailers are not even in Nigeria .. If you take time to stop wailing you would definitely see what the president has been up to .. Yes we demand accountability but have you people given him enough chance? It’s just like a construction job if the foundation is not good .. The building can never last .. Why not let’s join hands to make this country better instead of hoping for doom ..

    • MindOverMatter

      July 23, 2015 at 1:42 pm

      Does that mean they are not Nigerians? Do you know everyone’s schedule? Not every commenter is a student you know. I dare say most of the wailers as you call them, come across as very articulate.

    • nnenne

      July 23, 2015 at 11:02 pm

      @Gbemi…Perhaps, that’s why they know better.
      You noticed that Obama asked PMB when he was going to appoint ministers.. Did you wonder why?
      Not your fault. Nigeria is a place where public schools do not start in earnest weeks after reopening. They love to waste time. In other parts of the world, the reverse is the case.

  8. Tosin

    July 23, 2015 at 1:06 pm

    what can we all do to help?

  9. TrueTalkCritique

    July 23, 2015 at 3:10 pm

    @ warizdis……..patience is truly a virtue. You and a lot of Nigerians do not obviously understand what it takes to correct a rotten system. we are always after short cuts in all that we do as a people and that is a true reflection of the society we live in.
    It take a reasonable amount of time to build a good or correct a faulty foundation. How can you conveniently state that he has failed when he has only had 2months in office. He is not a magician or miracle worker.
    Let me educate you a little, chances that things will change drastically during baba B’s reign is a farfetched dream. He is there for a reason and that is to correct or relay the foundation of the country (if he stands by his promise) and by that I mean having the right structures, policies and procedures, building the right culture that will in-turn gradually birth the type of society we want.
    As a people have a huge part to play in this. We had to learn to behave right and my that i use the refuse situation as a point of reference and the attitude we exhibit has a people. Loving Nigeria and being proud to be Nigerian should be an act and not a statement, if we all did our part, it will most definitely make it a lot easier to create and govern the society we all want.

    • Angry Me too

      July 23, 2015 at 5:06 pm

      Then you are a liar and Buhari is a liar too. He promised we were going to see immediate change. Tell me the change you have seen, no matter how small. You lot cannot change the goal post after the match has started. Has it occurred to you that the anger may not be because of a change in govt but the person of the President? With all the propaganda going on it is only die hard Buhari fans that have refused to see that the propaganda is too much. By now, we should be seeing clear direction on how the change will be implemented. Unfortunately, it is still abuses of the PDP.

      It is not possible for all Nigerians to sing the same tune. Even in the various family units, there is bound to be differences in opinion. So, while you look to ask for patience, remember that it is not compulsory that people see things your way. That they do not is diversity of views. It can only help this nascent democracy. I hope you understand too that if people see tangible change no matter how small like @waridis said there will be no complaints.

    • nnenne

      July 23, 2015 at 11:07 pm

      @TrueTalkCritique…If the system is rotten, then you need to put things in place faster. One individual can’t fix a broken system.

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