President Muhammadu Buhari has advised leaders who take the oath of office by swearing with the holy book not to abuse public office.
He disclosed this during a visit to the Emir of Lafia, retired Justice Sidi Bage Muhammad1, on Thursday.
He restated that he has no intention to stay beyond 2023 in office as Nigeria’s President.
“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,” the President was quoted as saying via a statement issued by his spokesman, Femi Adesina.
“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.”
While appreciating the people of Nasarawa State for a warmed welcome, Buhari expressed excitement that the state has witnessed development since his last visit in 2019.
He also hailed the immediate past governor and Senator representing Nasarawa South Senatorial District, Umaru Tanko Al-Makura and the incumbent, Governor Abdullahi Sule for the praiseworthy initiatives and accomplishments in the state.
In his comment, the Emir of Lafia, commended the Nigerian leader for resolving electricity problem in the state with the provision of a 330kVA sub-station.
He told the President that the provision of the electricity plant “has taken out 80 percent of our problem.”