President Muhammadu Buhari has advised Nigerian leaders who take the oath of office by swearing with the Holy Book, not to abuse the trust God has given in public offices.
Buhari Advises Nigerian Leaders
A statement by presidential spokesperson, Femi Adesina said the president spoke on Thursday during a courtesy visit to the palace of Sidi Bage Muhammad I, Emir of Lafia, in Nasarawa state.
Buhari promised not to stay beyond his two-term tenure as stated in the constitution, stressing that he’s looking forward to leaving office and becoming a “former president”.
He also called on leaders who swear by the holy book while taking the oath of office to be careful not to abuse the trust of leadership placed on them by the people and God.
“The traditional ruler is on a terminal appointment. Constitutionally, we (elected public office holders) are not. I cannot go beyond two terms and I have sworn by the Holy Quran that I will uphold the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“Politics apart, whenever we are made to swear by the Holy Quran, we have to be very careful. We must make sure that we do not abuse the trust God has given us as leaders.
“I have seen former governors here and I am looking forward to also becoming a former president,” Buhari said.
Buhari thanked the people of Nasarawa for a rousing welcome, expressing delight that the north-central state is wearing a new look since his last visit in 2019.
He congratulated Umaru Tanko Al-Makura, the immediate past governor, and Abdullahi Sule, the incumbent governor, for the laudable initiatives and accomplishments in the state.
In his remarks, the Emir of Lafia welcomed Buhari to the over 200-year old palace, thanking him for ending the problem of insufficient power in the state with the provision of a 330kVA sub-station.
The Emir, who is also the Chairman, Nasarawa State Council of Chiefs, told the President that the provision of the electricity plant “has taken out 80 percent of our problem.”
KanyiDaily recalls that the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige had said if not for the “strong leadership” of President Buhari, Nigerians would have become refugees in Cameroon and Niger Republic.
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