- Thanks for ministers for constantly being in touch and their support.
- Calls for the creation of an advisory council for security and foreign affairs.
Owing by what President Muhammadu Buhari said on Wednesday, all Nigerians would be carried along in his last tenure.
This pledge was made by the president when he received some of the Ministers who served with him as military head of state between January 1984 and August 1985 at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Speaking on “how we got things done then,” because it was a military administration, Buhari pledged to “carry everyone along on his last lap as a democratically elected leader.
He also expressed his appreciation to the former Ministers “for being consistently in touch” and particularly lauded the military for building Abuja as new Federal capital for the country.
A minute silence was observed in memory of those who have passed on among the former Ministers.
Speaking, Professor Ibrahim Gambari, who led the delegation and a former Minister of External Affairs, said the team came to congratulate the President on his achievements in security, foreign affairs, anti-corruption, education, and many others.
“We were appointed 35 years and nine months ago. Eighteen of us were sworn in. 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,” Professor Gambari said.
He also commended Buhari on the newly constituted Economic Advisory Council (EAC), adding that the same should be considered for security and foreign affairs.
Other former Ministers in the team were Major General Muhammed Magoro (Internal Affairs), Dr Emmanuel Nsan (Health), Alhaji Ibrahim Yakima Abdullah (Education) and Brig-Gen Ahmed Abdullahi (Communications).