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GOWON PLEADS THE PATIENCE OF NIGERIANS ON TINUBU’S REFORMS, SEEKS LIFT OF ECOWAS SUSPENSION ON NIGER, MALI, BURKINA FASO

General Yakubu Gowon (rtd.) has said the Federal Government is making efforts on solutions to deal with the current circumstances the country is facing.

According to him, the government should be given time for the realization of those efforts. Gowon spoke at Aso Villa, Abuja yesterday after meeting with President Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

Speaking to reporters, Gowon, who led the country during the 1967 to 1970 civil war, also urged the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to lift the sanction imposed on Mali, Burkina Faso, and Niger Republic, following the military takeover of power, in the interest of peace. The former head of state told reporters: “I was telling him (Tinubu) that there’s no Nigerian leader that will not get all of these (criticisms), all that is being said about him. “Certainly, there is no doubt about all one has heard and seen from the media. I think the government is trying its best to deal with the various problems.

All one can say to Nigerians is that they must give the President time to get things done. It is too early to say the perfect result will be achieved. That is my opinion. At least, if I remember, I was told that I was too slow fighting the war, that probably Nigeria would not make it and that we should seek for discussion. Well, did we do it or not? They probably did not know the problems on the ground then.” The former military leader called for peace in the sub-region, saying, “Being the surviving leader among the founding fathers of ECOWAS, I think we had to discuss some of his (Tinubu) plans to see what can be done to bring the matter under control.” Gen. Gowon pleaded in a letter to ECOWAS Commission President Dr. Omar Alieu Touray for dialogue.

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