In what appears to be an unusual step to demonstrate his leadership style, the President-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari, has directed police and military security personnel attached to him to always respect traffic regulations during his movements.
General Buhari was quoted to have said he would be guided by and abide with the laws as part of the philosophy of his administration. “Without leadership by example, ordinary citizens would become copycats of the lawlessness of their leaders. The arrogance of power, lawlessness and disregard for the rights and convenience of fellow citizens would have no place in my government.”
According to Buhari in a statement from his media office, signed by Garba Shehu, for leaders to inspire respect, they must obey the laws of country.
General Buhari said that when leaders treat the country’s laws with contempt, they might send the wrong message to the citizens even as he lamented over a situation where fellow citizens are punished at traffic points and public roads because of the “arrogant lawlessness of the leaders.”
He said that 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 in the conduct of leaders during their movements on public roads.”