Rights activist and member of the 2014 National Conference, Festus Okoye, said it will be unfair for Nigerians to expect President Muhammadu Buhari to turn around the fortunes of Nigeria overnight.
Okoye who represented the civil society at the Conference also said that former President Goodluck Jonathan may have convened the conference for selfish political gains.
According to him, the Nigerian people expect so much from Buhari but must balance the expectations against the economic, social and political realities of the Nigerian state.
His words: “Nigerians must realize that the change promised may be gradual and graduated and Buhari’s assumption of office may not translate to a quantum leap in the fortunes of the Nigerian people.
“Muhammadu Buhari is assuming office at a period of national drift and confusion and at a time Nigeria is in darkness and the Nigerian people sleep at various filling stations across the country.
“He is assuming office at a time when some civil servants are owed salaries of between three to twelve months and at a time of apprehension and trepidation.
“Every facet of the Nigerian society needs the attention of the new President but I think the President should first address the decay and decline in three areas.”