In a communiqué released Sunday, May 17, 2015, Nigeria’s newly sworn-in president, had informed the world through his media team that he was dropping ‘General’ from his name, and so the man that was popularly known as GMB (General Muhammadu Buhari), was to become PMB (President Muhammadu Buhari).
That was not the first time Buhari was suggesting he was leaving the past behind. At a Chatham House, London outing, before the election where he defeated former President Goodluck Jonathan, he had assured the audience saying, “I cannot change the past. But I can change the present and the future. So before you is a former military ruler and a converted democrat who is ready to operate under democratic norms and is subjecting himself to the rigours of democratic elections for the fourth time.”
Haven been sworn in as president on May 29, we now have before us a former military general now a democratically elected president.
Quotes from Buhari’s Inauguration Speech
“I belong to everybody and I belong to nobody”
“As far as the constitution allows me I will try to ensure that there is responsible and accountable governance at all levels of government in the country. For I will not have kept my own trust with the Nigerian people if I allow others abuse theirs under my watch”
“But we cannot claim to have defeated Boko Haram without rescuing the Chibok girls and all other innocent persons held hostage by insurgents”
“Boko Haram is a mindless, godless group who are as far away from Islam as one can think of”
“As ever, I am ready to listen to grievances of my fellow Nigerians. I extend my hand of fellowship to them so that we can bring peace and build prosperity for our people”