“I am not in a hurry to do anything” – Buhari

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President Muhammadu Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari said on Thursday that his experience as a military dictator is one of the major reasons he is not “in a hurry to do anything.”

The president said he prefers to seriously reflect on issues placed before him and ensure that his conscience had been satisfied prior to granting approval.

“I decided to drop the uniform and come back here (to be President of Nigeria), so I have gone through it over and over again. This is why I am not in a hurry to do anything. I will sit and reflect, and continue to (operate) with my clear conscience,” Mr. Buhari said during a Thursday afternoon meeting with his party leaders and supporters which was covered by Channels TV in Abuja.

“I had to invite you to let us eat together and I tell you that I am sitting here very much aware of the problem in this country. I will always reflect on historical antecedents,” the president added.

Mr. Buhari regularly draws criticism for his snail-speed approach to national matters, including issues that may be deemed urgent by many, like reacting to tragic incidents or updating citizens about his government’s activities.

Mr. Buhari delayed setting up a cabinet for about six months after he assumed office, an outcome that analysts partly blamed for plunging Nigeria’s economy into recession in August 2016.

The country had since emerged from recession after posting growth for two consecutive quarters in a row.

Lawmakers alarmed by the historic delay immediately moved to curb such occurrences in future by passing an amendment to the Nigerian constitution.

The amendment, passed last year, gave a newly-elected president a maximum of 30 days to appoint ministers and get the federal cabinet running.

The amendment was part of the more than 30 areas of alterations that the National Assembly entered into the constitution as part of its ongoing measures to rework the governing document and make it more acceptable to the citizens.

The amendments have been pushed to the 36 states of the federation where at least two-thirds are required to concur with each amendment before pushing it to the executive for presidential assent.

A political analyst, Eluma Asogwa, said the president’s comments were laughable in the face of his activities within the last two years.

“A president that promised to hit the ground running took more than six months to set up a cabinet, saying he wanted get the best hands,” Mr. Asogwa said. “But when he eventually announced his ministers, we discovered that the majority were those that had long polluted our political space in this country.”

Mr. Asogwa said the president’s failings emanated largely from his inability to critically analyse issues and take prompt actions in line with the requirements of the modern age.

“Nigeria’s problems under President Buhari are largely about inactions than actions that were taken in earnest but wrongly,” added Mr. Asogwa, an Abuja-based legal practitioner.

Mr. Asogwa also cited the national embarrassment over the release of board appointments last month.

“He took more than two years to appoint board members only for him to end up with ‘dead people,”‘ the analyst said. “Even to remove the dead people and replace them with those still alive has taken him nearly one month and counting.”

Mr. Asogwa said he still believes that the president could still record significant achievements for the country within the remaining time in his tenure.

“I believe he could still do something even though many have written him off that he can’t do anything within the remaining one year of his government.

“The president means well for this country and I believe he could still deliver for those of us who believe in him,” Mr. Asogwa said.

The president’s supporters have asked him carry on with his style, which they described as “slow and steady” adding that it had made it difficult for would-be treasury looters to perpetrate their ignoble acts.

Channels reported that Mr. Buhari thanked his guests and assured them of unwavering thought of their loyalties and efforts.

“I thank you very much for honouring my invitation and I am telling you that if I don’t call you, it is not because, for a moment, I ever forgot how you supported me at one stage or the other over the years.”


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  • Message66

    Flimsy excuses for sheer incompetence, hypocrisy and bigotry. You, Buhari, are a national embarrassment.

    • victoria

      Not in a hurry to do anything until your tenure finishes

  • Bassey Frank

    Yeah, Mr President. You did not condemn Benue killings in a hurry!!!

  • Bunkaya Gana

    Buhari fiddles while Rome burns.

  • no_be_lie

    OLODO

  • Agba

    Buhari is a failure,civil war is imminent in Nigeria,And Buhari will end his remaining live in The Hague like Milosovic of Former Yugoslavia, and Buratalai when the killing of Nigerian is too much.

  • KELLOGGS

    Buhari massacres in a hurry, and takes his time to build anything.

    • Julius

      And you are still alive…job not done right.

      • Kini

        Sai Barbaaaaaaarian

      • Okokondem

        You have found yourself in a minority on this one. I always wonder what motivates people like you to react the way you do, always defensive and an apologist for your self identified slow-thinking president.

        • Julius

          So calling him names is criticism to you or did you even read what I responded to ? . You may want to do that first.

          • taiwo

            If you don’t understand what he means, then go and ask concerned Nigerians before demonstrating crass ignorance through your comment.

  • forestgee

    A burden in the name of leadership. Really slows down to do lopsided appointments. Delays for unemployed to rise, more herdsmen killings and economic hardship to kill more people. Excuse for incompetence

  • Really

    “I am not in a hurry to do anything” – Buhari PT

    AND THE RESULTS ARE CLEAR TO BE SEEN.

    KUDOS

  • Wale

    Oh, I forgot to add ADVANCED HYPOCRITES-ULTRA ADVANCED FRAUDSTERS! – Buhari, funta,malami, kyari, dambazua,daura shortman, daura dss, el rufai, the whole LOT. What they have done has even superseded saraki and jonathan x100. These ones came to chop, clean house and then murder all Nigerians south of the North. This is their PLAN.

  • growthengine

    But quick to proscribe and kill IPOB and Shiites members

    • Sam

      Wasn’t quick enough .

  • FreeNigeria

    Mumu, cow head, baba go slow. Dying man is running a dead country while the living clap their hands for him

  • Jon

    The shithole tyrant and head of Northern parasites has no clue of anything. He is a burden to Nigeria. Please, Nigeria, in the next election, chase him out. He ain’t got no clue

    • Eluba Inas

      I am amazed by PT letting such rancid comments from you but, sensing my respond to you.

      • Solomon Brown

        You mad bro?

        • Eluba Inas

          No I am not. But, if PT will allow his moronic comments, I don’t understand their point in sensoring mine and mine wasn’t as vulgar as his.

          • Solomon Brown

            It happens to everyone, I get sensored too. PT isn’t 100% Nigerian owned, it sold a part of its company to undisclosed foreign interests.

          • Eluba Inas

            So which part of PT is sensoring my response? The guy is making racist comments and an attempt to call him to order was sensored! I bet it most have come from those that don’t see anything good with Africans’ effort to free themselves of corruption.

    • Eluba Inas

      You are likely going to end up with him after next election because of mor0ns like you that continue to make fo0lish comments that alienate more than 50 percent of the electorate.

    • Mufu Ola

      What do u do for living? Just being curious!

  • Wetin Naija

    Buhari not in hurry to save Nigerians from Fulani Bloodsucking Herdsmen, but he was in a hurry to send Army against IPOB

  • Oguntade

    What a disgrace this man is? Can any sensible person still try to see any good in this man? Just asking but I doubt it

  • Jon

    Flimsy excuse to hide his incompetency. A tyrant, terrorist and presidency over a shithole country.

    • Eluba Inas

      Continue to enjoy the field as PT is letting your f00lish comments go unchallenged.

      • Anonymous

        It’s democracy bro, he can say whatever he want to say. PMB is an impenitent despot.

        • Eluba Inas

          No it is not by PT rules. They refused to publish my response to this idi0t.

          • Otile

            They dropped you because you usually sound sycophantic and asinine.

          • Eluba Inas

            Lol! The village idi0t never disappoints.

    • Julius

      You and yours are the shit in that shithole…since you all live in it. Thinking is a good thing..try it.

  • DanJ

    I wonder what he would see if he could read and analyse the minds of his audience individually!

  • Solomon Brown

    “I decided to drop the uniform and come back here to be president of Nigeria”. Really? That statement confirms what we have suspected to be true these past few years, that the man has lost his faculties. If he does not even remember that he was overthrown and forced out of office in 1983, then we have a huge problem, we are dealing here with a guy who is displaying the symptoms of Alzheimers or Dementia. Send him home.

    • ukoette ibekwe

      You are dealing with a Sudanese man who is impersonating Buhari. If he were Buhari he wouldn’t forget that he did not jettison his uniforms. Or is he brain dead. Maybe Britain and Saudi Arabia need to recharge his battery.

      • Solomon Brown

        Basically it is Buhari’s shell with Jibril’s conciousness.

  • taiwo

    Incompetence and hypocrisy is the hallmark of this administration. Two years down the line, its been lame excuses for failures to implement the changes that people voted them for.

    • Comfortkay

      Bros what are you talking about? two years and he should turn things 360 grad? You might need a medical check-up.

      • taiwo

        You must be a hypocrite to assume that the country under the present leadership of PMB has not failed woefully. Let the masses decide who needs a medical check up.

        • Comfortkay

          PDP foot soldier Pele you cannot do better, One day you will die and go to heaven and it will be too late for you. Think BIG you rat.

          • taiwo

            When you people have run out of points, you blame PDP or GEJ. Rather than say something that meets common sense, you play politics. I will be happy to go to heaven but if you don’t repent you will find yourself in hell

      • joe

        Twisted mind fellow, even his kingsmen in daura are fed up with this sloth called buhari. You are the one that need both medical and spiritual checkups. Even his wife aisha is tired of the sloth talkless of idiotic like you. hypocrite. The blood of the innocents in the hand of the sloth will visit you soon.

        • Comfortkay

          Pele ooo jaguda, no money to share ? You will die of hunger if you don’t repent.

      • Yego V

        I had my checkup. I give PMB another 2 years to THINK about acting. Meanwhile you have 1 year to deal with rats in the office before he resumes. olodo

  • Muhammad Masal Subhan

    IF U ALL LIKE KILL UR SELF… He is our President n He will Remain there n Healthy…. No hypocracy like Nigerian especially the YOUTH…..

    • Tony Ani

      Knock it off Malam!

  • Mentus

    We know that already, except when it comes to jetting abroad for you healthcare.

  • Jideofor Bismillah Akbar

    Yorubas vote change!! Vote Buhari 2019!!! Northerners vote change! Vote Buhari 2019!! Niger Delta vote change!! Vote Buhari 2019!!! South East vote change!!! Vote Buhari 2019. Nigerians vote change!!! Vote Buhari 2019 and please forget Atiku Abubakar!!!

    • Solomon Brown

      Remind me again, what we are changing this time around, except for the calamity known as the Buhari administration.

  • curseless

    Rev (Dr) Martin Luther King Jr once used a phrase know as and I quote “the fierce urgency of now”. If Nigeria at any point in history needed quick and calculated action by our leaders to better the life of the masses, it is now. President Buhari surely don’t have the luxury of time in his hands as citizens are hurting and hurting real bad. Moving at snail speed like the President is not desirable in a winter of despair people are going through now. Mind you, there is nothing wrong in thinking through a problem before acting but deliberating on an issue for months on end is akin to breeding an elephant which takes too long. Buhari may have time in his hands but I can guarantee him that citizens don’t have that kind o time

  • Omooba Adekunle Orafidiya

    Buhari, you are never in a hurry because you are a dunce, nah.

  • Mizch

    Let Buhari insult Nigerians more! You voted for him.

  • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

    TRUE !! He is in no hurry to stop the killer herdsmen.

    • Tony Ani

      ☺☺☺☺

    • okenwa

      Because they have not reached the number he want them to kill.

  • Yego V

    Now that’s what I call a vibrant president. Mr. Integrity. All your integuments and faculties are intact.! Senility is far away . The problem will be considered in your 2020 budget. Sai baba. Sai Gobe

  • Babs Fadipe

    The Yoruba elders’ saying, which takes the form of a rhetorical question seeks to know how long it will take to be insane if preparation for the insanity lasts for 20 years. While Mr. Mr. is fully justified to say that he reflects deeply before he takes any decision, it is also important for us to let him know that he does not need the entire duration of his administration to reflect on one issue before taking a decision. Take the appointment of the ministers for instance. The space of 6 months was extremely too long to take a decision. He allowed the reflection to last for too long. Truth is that Mr. President never wanted to appoint ministers hence the reluctance because to him, the country was broke and he did not want to increase the financial burden of the country. Issues that require delay will show themselves as such. For those ones that require a speedy reaction or reaction within a reasonable time should be so treated.

  • Eluba Inas

    You probably have problem with reading or comprehension. Here is what he said. “I’m not in a hurry to do anything but will sit down and reflect and continue in clear conscience.”

    • abodes_124

      Time and tide wait for no man – Saint Marher circa 1225.

    • Raines

      Not in a hurry when people are dying in a hurry…..are you really listening to yourself as you argue on this issue. More than 75 people killed without remorse and yet our president says he is not in a hurry to do anything about it. Is it because it has not gotten to the number required yet or may be we need it to get to 1000 before he will now be in a hurry. Stop all this sentimental comment cause we are talking about human life not cows.

      • Eluba Inas

        You need to read the complete sentence to really understand what he meant. Did you not see “reflect and continue in clear conscience.” Don’t choose just what you want if you want to be fair.

  • Chukwura Okoli

    I am not in a hurry, i’ve reflected deeply on the situation.
    I command you to go and accommodate your fellow countrymen.
    Give them your lands.
    Give them your daughters and wife to be raped.

  • Anasieze Donatus

    AND THEY WILL ALWAYS BLAME BUHARI

    From the day Akpabio announced that 20 senators and 8 governors were to move
    from APC to PDP, a cabal led by Atiku Abubakar and
    beneficiaries of corruption began massive media blackmail on the image of
    Buhari. The sin of Buhari is the fact of his financial discipline and Prudence.
    Aso Rock is no longer ATM machine, men in the media like Reno Omokari, Ruben
    Abati, etc are no longer getting huge disbursement from Aso Villa ATM machine,
    so they have resorted to blackmail on Buhari

    1. Price of fuel was highest in Christian states during the Xmas, Christian
    hoard more fuel than Muslims, yet we will blame Buhari. In fact most independent
    marketers from Christian south hoarded more fuel than their Muslims
    counterparts, yet Christmas is for Christians. In Anambra State for instance,
    Christians marketers have never sold fuel at normal price Yet they will shift
    their wickedness to Buhari.

    2. The bank charges in CRS got so high, in Onitsha the ATM was adjusted to
    pay not more than 10,000 and Okundi was programmed to pay 5,000 just to get
    increased service charge of 65.00 naira per withdrawal. On the 23rd of December,
    banks refused to load money in ATM but gave money to agents that charged 500
    naira for every 10,000 naira. Yet citizens of South East will blame this on
    Buhari

    3. Buhari has made the highest single release of monies to universities; GEJ
    left backlogs of earned allowance. Buhari made payment to clear some earned
    allowances but the unions are now quarrelling. Today the non academic staff are
    on strike because the university management could not fashion a good sharing
    formula, students are at home and the penchant is to blame Buhari

    4. Buhari had made huge release of bail out funds, some state governors have
    embezzled the money. Most workers and pensioners are yet to be paid their
    salaries, pension and gratuity, yet they have began a media propaganda against
    Buhari

    5. There is the CBN anchor borrowers program for all states, some states
    have developed programs for food sufficiency, yet most States governors
    embezzled such monies. The blame for the embezzlement is on Buhari

    6. Herdsmen are attacking and killing Nigerians, the senate is sleeping and
    has not seen it necessary to make any law to mitigate the crisis, security
    agencies assist the Herdsmen to unleash harm on innocent citizens, the
    politicization of herdsmen attack began with the Obasanjo administration, then
    to the GEJ and now Buhari. Yet no one blames the Senate, no one blames security
    agencies the blame is solely on Buhari

    7. Yes Buhari has not been decisive in laying off his ineffective
    appointees, there are serious gaps in the efficiency of his cabinet. In fact
    when some of his aides felt he was dead, they went into large scale looting as
    it was in Ya’ Adua’s days. Yet every one expect magic from Buhari

    8. The Nigerian Senate and Judiciary have been frustrating the anti
    corruption program of the Buhari’s administration. Most laws Buhari recommended
    to check mate the system are intentionally frustrated by the Senate. They have
    refused to pass the budget because of personal interest, yet most National
    Assembly members blame all problems of Nigeria on Buhari

    9. Judiciary has become the engine of corruption, at some point some judges
    were clamped down for corrupt charges. Nigerians refused to face the truth and
    ended up blaming Buhari

    10. Members of CAN and most Christian Churches found themselves in Aso Rock
    to reap from the GEJ ATM, they kept quite when there was widespread corruption.
    Most were moved by the monies they received and became prophets of GEJ victory.
    Today because Buhari no longer gives them envelopes, they now prophesy doom and
    are bent on using propaganda in the pulpits to give Buhari a bad name

    No single person can fix Nigeria, this is what is playing out, I will not
    blame Buhari, my new year resolution is to rise or fall with Buhari instead of
    allowing a corrupt cabal to stain the God’s sent to redeem Nigeria. Buhari is
    not a magician, he cannot save Nigeria alone

  • Riot50000

    Go kill Igbo children and he is in a hurry.
    SHITHOLE REPUBLIC of FULANI

  • Edjede Obruche

    We understand u are in a hurry to stop the Biafra n Niger delta groups,but u are not in a hurry to stop d herdsmen continue

    • bib

      But anybody who would do justice to PMB would agree that he does not take decisions until he consults widely and reflects deeply before he takes decision and act.
      When Nnamdi Kanu came up with IPOB he studied it for two years. Nnamdi continued to grow wings. But as soon he was certain of how to bring it to an end he commanded Operation Snake Dance2.

  • bib

    Anybody who would do justice to PMB would agree that he does not take decisions until he consults widely and reflects deeply before he takes decision and act.
    When Nnamdi Kanu came up with IPOB he studied it for two years. Nnamdi continued to grow wings. But as soon he was certain of how to bring it to an end he commanded Operation Snake Dance2.

  • abodes_124

    I suppose there we now have it gentlemen and ladies. This is the mind set with which our dear President has approached the running of the affairs of this great Nation to be. No Sir. You surround yourself with the best and brightest they do the thinking, dissecting problems from the past, the present and the future. They table to you summaries and options. Yours is to understand and come to quick decisions for implementation and/or delegation. No , the machinery of government of 180 million people in need cannot function nay survive as their President spends months to ‘seriously reflect on issues placed before him and ensure that his conscience had been satisfied prior to granting approval’. There was once an English Monarch called Ethelred the Unready.