Details of Tinubu’s Meeting With General Yakubu Gowon Emerge

February 21, 2024
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Nigeria’s former head of state, General Yakubu Gowon, has emphasised the need for patience in assessing the outcomes of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s policies to ease the hardship in the country.

Speaking to state house correspondents after meeting with the president in Aso Rock on Wednesday, February 21, Gowon said Tinubu is trying his best.

Drawing parallels to his leadership during the Nigerian civil war, Gowon acknowledged the inevitability of government criticisms but stressed the paramount importance of delivering tangible results.

Channels Television quoted Gowon as saying: “I think the government is trying their best on the various problems of the country but with Nigerians, don’t you worry, you can get criticised. People out there know better than what you know.

“I think Nigerians have to give the president time to get things really done. It is too early to sort of say the absolute result will be achieved now, so that is my opinion.”

News Direct reports that it is the first private meeting between both leaders since Tinubu assumed office in May 2023. They met at a book launch in honour of former president Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja in January.

Furthermore, Gowon stated that the meeting with Tinubu also centred on the issue of the challenges facing the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), adding that it must be settled amicably.

He debunked claims on social media that he refused to attend an event organised by ECOWAS, adding that this was probably due to miscommunication.

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