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Muhammadu Buhari ‘Change can’t happen overnight,’ President-elect says

President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari has urged Nigerians to remember that the situation in the country can’t change overnight.

Buhari also explained that it would take time to develop Nigeria because it had taken 16 years to destroy its economy.

The President-elect made the comment on Sunday, May 10, while receiving members of some northern groups led by Alhaji Maitama Sule.

“The biggest message is to try and persuade the people that it is not possible to change the state of affairs now. It took 16 years and those 16 years, most of you know it better than myself, Nigeria earned revenue more than what it earned from 1914 to then,” Buhari said.

“You know that we used to have Nigeria Airways, Nigeria National Shipping Line, Nigeria Railways. Where are they now? Where is the infrastructure? Between then and now and what we earned in-between and what is on the ground. That is how efficiently how the PDP managed Nigeria in the last 16 years. Now we have invariably inherited all the problems, especially in the north east,” he added.

Buhari also urged Nigerians to be patient with the new administration.

“So, you have to convince your constituencies that you have virtually arrived at the wrong time and that they have to temper their expectation with some justice towards the leadership,” the President-elect said.

Buhari will take office on Friday, May 29, 2015.

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