Ambassador Baba Gana Kingibe has said that President Muhammadu Buhari has limited time to bring the needed change in Nigeria.
He said that though Buhari enjoys goodwill and respect from Nigerians, they may get out of patience soon.
Kingibe in a statement at the weekend said “The task is more urgent because there is only but a limited time before impatience on the part of the public blends with resistance from vested interests and dilutes the national consciousness for change.
“Fortunately, goodwill for the person of President Buhari is considerable, and people are willing to give him time to reset the country.”
The running mate to late MKO Abiola in the June 12, 1993 presidential election urged Buhari to immediately make his policies clear.
Advising Buhari to be prepared for resistance critics and those who would be affected by his policies for change, Kingibe said: “Looking ahead, to sustain change and overcome resistance, government must communicate very clearly – to Nigerians and the world at large – their core principles, strategies, policies, plans and programmes for change.
“We live today in a world of the 24-hour news cycle: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, and all the other real communication tools of the internet age. No leader or government can afford to lag behind their detractors in the competition for public support”.
He noted that there could not be any meaningful change without an aggressive reform in the public service, insisting that government has a duty to instill positive change in the attitude of public servants.
“For the change we seek to be more than a mere slogan, it must also temper official attitudes in the public service. It is necessary to reform all arms of government and their institutions.
“The simple truth is that despite the leadership and vision of the president, and regardless of the merits and commitment of every member of his team, without change in the attitude of the public service, good intentions will not produce change.”