GENERAL Muhammadu Buhari, president-elect, has instructed police and military security personnel attached to him to respect traffic regulations during his movements. In a statement released by his media office in Abuja, on Wednesday, May 6, Buhari said being law abiding would be the guiding principle of his administration
“Without leadership by example, the ordinary citizens would become copycats of the lawlessness of their leaders,” the statement said.
Buhari explained further that the “arrogance of power, lawlessness and disregard for the rights and convenience of fellow citizens would have no place in his government.” For leaders to inspire respect, he said, they must obey the laws of country, adding that when leaders treat the country’s laws with contempt, they would be sending the wrong message to the citizens.
According to him, in a democracy, leaders should not inflict inconveniences and other unbearable ordeals on the citizens for their own comfort. He, therefore, 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.”
— May 18, 2015 @ 01:00 GMT