Buhari to Nigerians : accept democracy as lifestyle
President Muhammadu Buhari has urged
Nigerians to be patient with democracy and
accept it as a lifestyle and not as a system of
Democracy, he said, should be a lifestyle
towards ensuring development of the country.
Buhari made the remark when he paid homage to
the Emir of Daura , Alhaji Umar Faruk Umar
on Friday after attending the Juma ’ at prayer at
the Low Cost Mosque in Daura , Katsina State .
He said : “If Nigerians continuously follows the
tenets of democracy the country will always be at
peace since democracy on its own with its
institutions has the mechanism for resolving
conflicts peacefully . ”
Speaking in Hausa language , he urged those who
were aggrieved after the 2015 elections to seek
redress through democratic means and
According to him, Nigeria was adopting
democracy from the western nations and learning
fast by avoiding mistakes made when studying the
weaknesses and strengths of those nations.
He noted that some avoidable mistakes can be
made if Nigerians decide to be hasty.
Stressing that election at all levels must be
conducted based on democratic principles , he
urged those interested in elective positions to look
for a political platform of their choice , declare
their interests and the party would support them .
He said that many people did not give him a
chance in 2002 when he joined politics because
they knew his antecedents as a military officer .
According to him, he decided to contest elections
because of his commitment to serve the people
and not to be served or to amass wealth .
He said that the 2015 polls had clearly shown
that it is God that chooses who becomes a
He said : “It is not by power , it is not by wealth
but by the Grace of God that I won the
election . ”
Despite serving the nation in different capacities
in the past , he said that he had not had so much
money in the banks either locally or anywhere in
the world .
He said that all he has is “integrity and
commitment to serve the people’’
Buhari said that he would fulfill his promises to
Speaking earlier, the Emir of Daura , Alhaji
Umar Faruk Umar, said he had known Buhari
for his consistency which had become the
hallmark of his integrity.
He said he was happy that Buhari was
eventually elected as the President of the country
after some trials.
He said Buhari was not new in government and
wherever he had served he always distinguished
himself with integrity and in all he had returned
The Emir urged Nigerians to be patient with the
administration so that they could allow Buhari to
deliver on his promises ; he sought Nigerians ’
support to the administration with prayers for
Buhari in his new responsibility .