On This Last Lap, I’ll Do My Best To Carry Everyone Along, President Buhari Pledges, As He Receives Ministers Who Served With Him Under Military Rule

PRESIDENT BUHARI RECEIVES FMR MINISTER AS HEADS OF STATE A. President Muhammadu Buhari, Former Minister of Former Foreign Affairs, Prof Ibrahim Gambari, Former Minister of Internal Affairs, Maj-Gen Mohammed Magoro, Former Minister of Education, Alhaji Yerima Ibrahim, Former Minister of Health, Dr Emmanuel Nsan and Brig Gen Ahmed Abdullahi during a courtesy visit by his former cabinet members as head of State at the State House, Abuja. PHOTO; SUNDAY AGHAEZE. OCT 9 2019

It was a refreshing time of going down memory lane, as President Muhammadu Buhari, on Wednesday, received at State House, Abuja, some of the Ministers who served with him as military Head of State, between January 1984 and August 1985.

The President recalled “how we got things done then,” because it was a military administration, and pledged to “carry everyone along on my last lap as a democratically elected leader.”

President Buhari thanked 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 had passed on among the former Ministers.

Leader of delegation, Professor Ibrahim Gambari, who served as 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 commended the President on the newly constituted Economic Advisory Council, 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).

Femi Adesina

Special Adviser to the President

(Media and Publicity)