President Muhammadu Buhari has said he operates at a slow pace as the country’s leader due to his previous experience in governance.
The president gave the explanation on Tuesday while addressing the Nigerian community a town hall meeting in Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
According to President Buhari, he prefers to be labelled as “Baba go slow” as he is being wary in making decisions or tacking actions that he might regret later.
The president recalled his days as a military head of state, noting that he had ordered the arrest of several top officials, only for himself arrested after he was overthrown in a military coup.
He noted that unlike during military rule, that he can only bark but note bite as a civilian president.
President Buhari said: “So, whoever calls me ‘Baba go slow’, I’m very cautious of historical antecedent. Since I was in a hurry, I was locked up, I’m going slow so that I can survive.
“I ‘bark but I cannot bite, Baba go slow,’ I have once ruled this country, some of you know that once upon a time I came in uniform and what I did was to arrest from the president downward. The president, Vice President, the governor’s and ministers, other than the president and the Vice President, the others, I put them in Kiri-Kiri, and I told them they are guilty until they can prove themselves innocent.
“And you know subsequently what happened- we put about six tribunals base on the geopolitical zones, and those who were ministers and governors were asked to justify what they have in the banks and physical on the ground relative to their legitimate earnings.”
President Buhari stated that while he might be called “‘baba go slow’, but I didn’t loot” during his regime as a military head of state.
He noted that he was put behind bars despite not stealing any money, adding that he did not suffer “bad publicity” as his accusers could not prove their case against him.
“There were only two Nigerians then to my knowledge who were found to be very Honourable, both of them are dead now: Biliaminu Usman, a junior minister, from Jigawa State, and Adamu Chiroma, a minister of finance and governor of central bank.
“They were incredible Nigerians. But you know what happened, eventually, I myself was arrested, I was put in detention for three and a quarter years, luckily for me, I was not stupid, I didn’t take anybody’s money, so there was no bad publicity for me because they couldn’t find anything against me.
“Eventually I was released, and that was why I made up my mine since the bulk is partisan politics, I joined the partisan politics. You also know what happened, I tried three times, and I managed to succeed the fourth time,” President Buhari said.