A leader of the governing All Progressives Congress, APC, Bola Tinubu, on Saturday assured Nigerians that the change agenda of President Muhammadu Buhari is still on course.
According to Mr. Tinubu, the change process requires time especially coming after " the conscience of our nation has been under attack for many years.
"We were handed a way of governance in which anything goes and too much went – as if gone with the wind.
Our present was squandered and future mortgaged".
Mr. Tinubu while pleading for support and patience with the APC administration said "Nigeria has the greatest opportunity to get it right with a leader like Mr. Muhammad Buhari."
"There is much to fix. President Buhari is committed to fixing them. But he needs your support and patience.
He cannot do it all alone. We must stand beside him or else we may be knocked down and not stand at all.
"Thus, let us be resolved to see reform and change that will make Nigeria rise as the nation it should be," Mr. Tinubu said while speaking at the Usmanu Danfodiyo University convocation in Sokoto on Saturday.
The former Lagos State governor also took on the those he described as "nay Sayers and negative spinners" who argue that no change was taking place.
"It's easy for those who are greedy to think that change is easy.
Change is not about comfort of today, but the success of tomorrow. Nigeria was in the rollercoaster of losing hope.
Then our party brought cure. Don't let anyone deceive you, the cure is here".
Mr. Tinubu spoke was honoured with the Honorary Doctor of Business Administration at the 40th Convocation ceremony of the Usmanu Dan Fodiyo University.
Mr. Tinubu soon after eulogizing the man after whom the institution was named and also recognizing the leadership of the Sultan and the Sokoto governor focused on the issues dominating the national discourse.
"I am honoured to be at the historic seat of the Caliphate a place where history, culture, religion and tradition merge to form the architecture of one of the world 's most impressive and venerable civilizations. The man after whom the institution is named was a foremost Islamic scholar.
An extraordinary leader who understood the deep yearnings and needs of the people. He provided visionary yet practical leadership and taught us all that we must be ready to personally sacrifice to advance and secure those things in which we truly believe".
And as if comparing some of the principles Dan Fodiyo lived by with that of President Buhari, Mr. Tinubu said "Nigeria has begun the process of turning to its better self. The government of President Buhari is cleaning out the rot of years of galloping corruption and avarice.
This government is also moving to pursue policies that will spark development and bring prosperity to long oppressed Nigerians. Be reminded that this will be a battle.
No battle is easy. We must be firm in our resolve to reform this nation. We must have the courage to stand fast in the times of difficulty, having faith that the rightfulness of our cause will see us through to the success of our collective efforts and yearnings".