Former Nigerian President Buhari Defends His Legacy, Says Nigerians are ‘Difficult to Govern’
In his first interview since leaving office, former Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has defended his eight-year tenure, acknowledging that while he gave his best, he is unsure if he achieved all the expected results, Aso Naija Reports.
Buhari addressed the controversial naira redesign policy implemented during his administration’s final days, stating that it was a necessary step to protect his integrity and demonstrate to Nigerians that there are no shortcuts to success.
Regarding the challenges of governing Nigeria, Buhari remarked that Nigerians can be difficult to lead, often knowing the right thing to do but choosing not to follow through. He attributed this to a tendency among Nigerians to believe they know better than their leaders.
Responding to criticisms about the integrity of individuals within his administration, Buhari maintained that addressing corruption is a collective responsibility, challenging his critics to reflect on their own contributions to fighting corruption.
When asked about the existence of a powerful cabal influencing his government, Buhari acknowledged the possibility but expressed uncertainty whether anyone had flouted the rules without facing consequences.
Buhari emphasized his delegation of authority, stating that he allowed his appointees to perform their duties and would not change his approach under the current system.
- Former President Buhari defends his record, acknowledging challenges but emphasizing his efforts.
- Buhari stresses the importance of personal accountability in addressing corruption.
- Buhari acknowledges the complexities of governing Nigeria and the need for collective effort.