The President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, on Wednesday [May 6] ordered all security personnel attached to him as well as his official escorts to obey traffic rules.
This, according to a statement signed by the Director of Media and Publicity of the All Progressives Congress Presidential campaign council, Mallam Garba Shehu, is a demonstration of Buhari’s leadership style.
Buhari was quoted as saying obedience to the law would be the guiding philosophy of his administration, adding that “without leadership by example, the ordinary citizens would become copycats of the lawlessness of their leaders.” The President-elect explained that the “arrogance of power, lawlessness and disregard for the rights and convenience of fellow citizens will have no place in his government.”
According to him, for leaders to inspire respect, they must obey the laws, adding that when leaders treat the country’s laws with contempt, they would be sending the wrong message to the citizens.
Buhari lamented a situation where fellow citizens “are punished at traffic points and public roads because of the arrogant lawlessness of the leaders.”
He said in a democracy, leaders should not inflict inconveniences and other unbearable ordeals on the citizens for their own comfort.
The President-elect advised his military and police security personnel to be in tune with his philosophy of “bringing the rule of law to bear on the conduct of leaders during their movements on public roads.”
#JourneyToAsorock 4:37PM today, rushing to the nxt appointment but @MBuharis motorcade patiently waits for GreenLight pic.twitter.com/QvVxqw9ZUv— Adebola Williams (@DebolaLagos) May 6, 2015