Iniobong Ekponta, Uyo
Apparently disturbed by widespread criticisms trailing some policies and programmes of the Federal Government, friends and associates of President Muhammadu Buhari have risen to calm the frayed nerves of Nigerians, urging them to exercise some patience for the administration’s agenda to thrive.
Under the aegis of the Buhari Friends Organisation Network (BFON), drawn from the South-South and Southeast, the group met in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital and sued for peace, noting that the Federal Government led by Buhari would only implement its policies and programmes if the enabling environment has been provided for the dividends of democracy to blossom.
The National Patron of the group, Elder Baba-Bala Ingawa, who spoke at the weekend at a Joint Zonal meeting of the South South/South East of BFON
explained that the emergence of Buhari was a blessing to Nigeria, adding that what the President needed at the moment was not unnecessary criticisms but understanding and corporation.
He added that the problems created by successive administrations in the country have become such a huge burden for administration to surmount in just about six months in office.
“What I am urging us and all Nigerians is to pray and support this government and be patient for the good thing to come, and close your mouth to bad talks,” he said.
According to him, as friends of Buhari, there was need for them to continue to give the the President the support and encouragement he deserves to fix the country.
Speaking also the National Coordinator of the group, St. Athanasius Okon, praised the members of the group for their support during and after the election.
He urged all of them to remain steadfast in their love for the President,
stated that the meeting was held to appreciate God as well as the contributions of individual members to the success of the President at the polls and asked them not to be discouraged in terms of appointments to the State as many more things were in the offing for the State.
Reacting to the subtle campaign between the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) going on in the State ahead of the anticipated re-run, Okon said it was no longer the popularity of the parties that matter, but the change mantra that has been affecting every nook and cranny of the country.