|oyegun and buhari|
He said the new government inherited a battered economy which has made it difficult for the government to fully take off.
Oyegun was, however, excited that President Buhari has taken two months to under-study the system which he said would enable him manage the economy well.
He also revealed that it was a matter of weeks for the President to assemble his ministers.
The APC national chairman spoke while receiving the Association of Northern Students, who visited him on the occasion of his 76th birthday and one year in office as the national chairman
He said: “What some of us in the progressive movement that has now transformed into a government in this country cannot accept is that the nation needs to be as bad as it is today.
“Yes, the circumstances of last 15 years ago are different, the nature of economy is different, people have evolved but the basic facts remain the same and that is for any nation, for any government to have any legitimacy, its key emphasis and the whole justification for its existence must be the welfare of the people who have entrusted that party or that leader with the governance of their common affairs, that is the key thing.
“Fortunately, we have a blueprint which makes your welfare and everybody’s welfare the core of his attention. Yes, things have turned out to be worse in the economy than we expected when we were campaigning. Every known indicator of good conduct has been violated and our institutions have factually been destroyed, even to the extent of tampering with security institution.
“So we have a major reconstruction efforts ahead of us. One can only say at this time to plead through you to Nigerians to be patient with us and with the pace at which the changes we envisage start occurring because things are much worse than we expected.
“In the next few weeks he will now assemble the team who he can now give confidently, direct instructions as to what he expects to be done. Which means he is in a better position to measure whether anybody entrusted with any function is performing or not performing, he is meeting target or not.
“So, we have a totally new situation, a new reality and a new approach to governance which is emphasising target and deliverables in the lives of the people that he has been entrusted to govern.”
Speaking earlier, chairman of the Northern Nigerian Students, Comrade Mike Omoba, said they came from different campuses to celebrate Oyegun on his birthday.