President Muhammadu Buhari says he will carry everyone along on his last lap as an elected leader.
In a statement on Wednesday, Femi Adesina, special adviser to the president on media and publicity, quoted his principal as saying this when he met with ex-ministers that served under him when he was head of state.
The president reminisced on “how we got things done” between 1984 and 1985.
“[I will] carry everyone along on my last lap as a democratically elected leader,” Buhari said.
On his path, Ibrahim Gambari, leader of the delegation and a former minister of external affairs, said when he was under the president then, Buhari was “firm.”
“We were appointed 35 years and nine months ago. Eighteen of us were sworn in,” the former minister said.
“Your leadership was firm, but you also gave us free hand to operate. You knew what each person was doing. We will never forget the opportunity you gave us. We remain patriots.”
Other former ministers present in the meeting were Major Muhammed Magoro (Internal Affairs), Emmanuel Nsan (Health), Ibrahim Yakima Abdullah (Education) and Ahmed Abdullahi (Communications).
A minute silence was observed in honour of those who have passed on among the former ministers.