President-elect Muhammadu Buhari has commended the positive disposition as well as the forgiving spirit displayed by the Emir of Borgu, Dr. Halliru Dantoro, as well as other past leaders who were detained by his military administration between December 1983 and July 1985.
Buhari, who made the remarks while receiving the emir and members of his council during their congratulatory visit on Sunday in Abuja, said leaders such as the Emir never held it against him when they were detained and had gone on to establish very strong and cherished personal relationship with him.
The president-elect stated that as the commander-in-chief during his military dictatorship, responsibility for all actions of government belonged to him, adding that “even where he did not direct government action with respect to detentions, as the leader at the time, had accepted responsibility for the actions that took place under his regime”.
He also cited cases such as the former Minister of Finance and later Agriculture, Adamu Ciroma, who suffered incarcerations during his military dictatorship but never held anything against him.
Buhari, who held discussions with the emir’s delegation in Hausa, said he had accepted the goodwill of all such past leaders who did not hold him personally responsible for the actions of his military government.
He promised that as an elected president, he would ensure equity, fairness and justice for all. Buhari used the occasion to once again felicitate with Nigerians on the occasion of the Easter celebrations.
The emir in his remarks said Buhari’s second shot as head of state was God sent to redeem and reunite the nation, pledging the total support of his people to the success of the in-coming administration.