The former President of the Court of Appeal and Chairman, Advisory Council, Sir Ahmadu Bello Memorial Foundation, retired Justice Mamman Nasir, has expressed fear that the President -elect, General Muhammadu Buhari(rtd), might be held captive in office by some Nigerians with parochial interests.
Addressing newsmen yesterday, Justice Nasir said, “To Mr. President-elect, we pray for him to avoid being captive to vested interests, and provide the determined leadership that respects teamwork and excellence.
“He will need to put in place a resoundingly check against impunity and make rule of law the order of the day. The Office of the President is a national identity. Nigerians believed the President-elect has the capacity and the will to make Nigeria realise its vision and mission. They expect to get nothing less”, he said.
According to him, “Nigerians expect Mr. President- elect to get immediately down to brass tacks, especially on economic rejuvenation, security and fighting corruption. The flow of order, justice, peace, prosperity does not just happen but, with hard work and a lot of patience”.
He admonished Buhari, saying, “As you prepare to assume office, the Foundation wishes you the God Almighty’s guidance to give your best in service to make Nigeria great. Your victory is a call to serve and, therefore, it is crucial for you to deliver resolutely on your service compact to your constituencies, and Nigeria”.
“Remember, all Nigerians are looking up to you to serve and not to be served by them. As you serve, you must collectively have unity of purpose in serving the people and your commitment must rise above ethnic, religious and sectional sentiments. Such cleavages of ethnic nationalism, sectionalism and religious bigotry must be rendered irrelevant in Nigeria.”
He advised him to tackle insecurity with all sense of emergency, even as he described peace as a prerequisite for development in all ramifications.
“Nigeria needed strong, well informed, capacitated and motivated security operatives, committed to protecting the Constitution of the Federal Republic and its provisions and the practices of their professions. Hence, our urgent call to institute this in our security management system, which should also have community content.”
He also urged General Buhari to “Fight corruption decisively”, saying, “our laws must make corruption difficult to perpetuate, but easy to logically prosecute. Persons accused of corruption should have the onus to prove otherwise. The drive against corruption must enable individuals and communities to participate actively as monitors in the fight through protected and easy access to anti corruption agencies.”