There are some quotes from President Buhari that Nigerians would love for the President to be reminded of. Well-intentioned statements that can lead to fruitful results if they are really backed up by appropriate measures.
Words may be cheap, but what sets a leader apart is to match their words with their actions. Promises don’t make sense until they’re fulfilled.
Leadership comes with their crosses and crowns; Still, leaders should prove to the people beyond a doubt that there is unity of purpose.
Buhari joins the league of other Nigeria ex-ministers like President Shehu Shagari Shagari who was minister three times, Murtala Muhammed, Olusegun Obasanjo, Shehu Shagari and Sani Abacha become President. In 2015, he campaigned as a born-again Democrat to allay fears of his harsh military regime.
He ran under the slogan “New Broom” to a political party called the All Progressive Congress (APC) and his supporters were often shown holding brooms in the run-up to the vote. His victory in the 2015 presidential election marked the first time in the history of the Federal Republic of Nigeria that an incumbent president lost to an opposition candidate in a general election. It was his fourth attempt at leadership since he was ousted from power in 1985. He took over from then President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan.
Alongside his laudable role, President Buhari’s regime has largely been accused of tribal/religious sentiments, inefficiency in economic affairs, and political victimization.
Let’s take a look at some Buhari quotes that most Nigerians would like to materialize when it comes to the above.
1. I belong to everyone and no one.
2. The existence of companies in Nigeria as an entity is not subject to debate and will not be jeopardized.
3. I commit myself and government to the rule of law, in which no one is so above the law as not to be subject to its regulations, and no one so under the law as not to exercise its protections.
4. You are all my people. I will treat you all like mine. I will work for those who voted for me, voted against me and for those who didn’t vote at all.
5. We will send corrupt politicians to Kirikiri.
6. I will stabilize the global oil price.
7. We will quickly examine how best to revitalize key industries and accelerate the revitalization and development of our railroads, roads, and general infrastructure.
8. I assure you that if I become President, the world need not worry about Nigeria as it is now.
9. Change doesn’t just happen. You, I and all of us need to realize that if we are to bring about CHANGE we all have a role to play.
10. Every new government inherits problems. Ours was no different.
11. Our government is committed to doing things methodically and correctly.
12. I bear no ill will towards anyone in past events. Nobody should fear anything from me. We’re not looking for anyone. People should only fear the consequences of their actions.
13. Our long night is over and a new dawn has dawned… Democracy and the rule of law are established.
14. Money was recovered, whatever was recovered, we have to end up in court.
15. Religion must never be used as an excuse to divide ourselves, oppress others, or gain an unfair advantage.
16. We will stop corruption and make the common people, the weak and the vulnerable our top priority.
17. Any war on corruption should not be misconstrued as settling old scores or witch hunts. I call on the President to lead Nigeria to prosperity and not adversity.
18. We will be a compassionate government, for out of compassion comes the truest forms of prosperity and progress that a society can achieve.
19. There are constitutional limits to the powers of the three tiers of government, but that is not to say that the federal government should fold its arms and turn a blind eye to what goes on in the states and local governments. Last but not least, the way the municipal account works.
20. This generation of Nigerians and indeed the future generation have no country other than Nigeria, we will stay and save it together!