—Says leaders who swear by Holy Book mustn’t abuse public office
By Johnbosco Agbakwuru, ABUJA
PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari yesterday said that his days as President are numbered and sooner or later he will become an ex-President.
This is as the President has advised that leaders who take the oath of office, swearing with the Holy Book, must be careful not to abuse the trust of leadership placed on them by the people and God.
Speaking at a courtesy visit to the palace of Emir of Lafia, retired Justice Sidi Bage Muhammad 1, President Buhari, who was on a working visit to Nasarawa State,
reaffirmed that he has no intention whatsoever to stay beyond the constitutionally recognised two terms of office as leader of Nigeria.
According to him, ”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, I too I am going to be one sooner or later,” he said.
President Buhari thanked the people of Nasarawa State for a rousing welcome, expressing delight that the North-Central State was wearing a new look since his last visit in 2019.
He congratulated the immediate past Governor and Senator representing Nasarawa South Senatorial District, Umaru Tanko Al-Makura and the incumbent, Governor Abdullahi Sule for the laudable initiatives and accomplishments in the State.
Welcoming the President to the over 200-year old palace, the Emir of Lafia thanked him for ending the problem of insufficient power to Nasarawa 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 per cent of our problem.”
”Our people have never had it so good. Our people are back to their normal life as entrepreneurs, ” he said, adding that the Federal Government projects that were ”standing as ghosts” in the state in the past have now become a reality.”
The natural ruler said that the bond between the President and the people of the state was special added that President Buhari had kept his campaign promises to the people.
“You have kept your promise to Nigerians, you have delivered and that is the opinion of the majority of us,” he said.
The retired jurist listed the newly inaugurated CBN Building in Lafia, the Federal Secretariat, UBEC Smart School and completed Ecological projects, just to mention but a few.
The State Governor, Engineer Abdulahi Sule commended President Buhari for always supporting the state in its security challenges saying that there has never been any time he visited the President on security issues that he was not attended to.
On arrival in the capital for his 2-day State Visit to Nasarawa, President Buhari inaugurated the Lafia Airport, Vocational and Skills Acquisition Centre, Modern Bus Terminal and the Shinge-Barkini Abdullahi-Kilema road, executed by the State Government.
He also inaugurated CBN Lafia Branch building and a 330kva Akurba Transmission Substation executed by the Federal Government through the Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC) to boost power supply in the state and its environs.
Some of the dignitaries at the palace were the chairman, Northern Governors Forum and governor of Plateau State, Simon Lalong, Chairman of Progressive Governors Forum and governor of Kebbi State, Atiku Bagudu, Governor of Kogi state, Yahaha Bello and some ministers and members of the national assembly.