As divergent views continue to trail the recent appointments by President Muhammadu Buhari, a two- time former Governor of old Bendel State and a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Board of Trustees, Dr Samuel Ogbemudia, yesterday urged Nigerians to be concerned about the four- year mandate given to Buhari rather than what he described as the unnecessary attempts to access him in hundred days in office.
The retired army general also expressed strong belief that Buhari cannot at this point in the nation’s life, afford to fail Nigerians.
He sued for patience noting that the state of nation he took over requires diligent time and planning to clean up.
Ogbemudia spoke at his Benin residence yesterday when he met members of the committee which he set up to oversee the yearly award of the Best Journalist in Edo State, led by a former General Manager of the Edo State Broadcasting Service (EBS), Pastor (Mrs) Sidi Lawal-Igioh.
He said, “Nigerians asked him (Buhari) to appoint people who can work with him and he can only appoint people he knows. If he fails by appointing a united nation, they will say it was his fault, he ought to have known. But he is now picking people he has tremendous trust in their ability. So those criticizing him should let him do his work. If at the end of four years he did not perform, then Nigerians have another opportunity to either say carry on or stop.
“All these criticisms, I do not buy them.