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Oath of Office Only Mandates Buhari To Perform To The Best of His Ability

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Nigeria News takes a look at the inauguration of President Muhammadu Buhari.

President Muhammadu Buhari begins his second term after he has taken the oath of office and was sworn-in by the Chief Justice of Nigeria this day, May 29, 2019.

After the oath, comes the merriment at a dinner to be organised later. Well-wishers and contractors will fly congratulatory messages inside the newspapers and online media platforms.

But they will do it in moderation now, unlike in the past when adverts of felicitations were used to lobby to get the government contract. This government has killed that culture.

As a matter of fact, the conventional media houses are in distress now, they make their monies from private enterprises instead of government who was their biggest client in the past.

I hardly take note of the words that formed the oath during the inauguration, primarily because it is as old as the constitution of Nigeria itself. It is usually dictated by the Chief Judge and repeated by the president. It is called oath of office, I don’t count it as a big deal.

But during his inauguration, the former US President Barack Obama took a few seconds to repeat a line while taking the oath. His composure and decision to correct himself went a long way in defining a kind of leader he would later grow up to become. He did not just read out the oath, he sounded it to sink it into our brains.

There is something in the oath, which makes it sacred as a test of patriotism of the elected official.

Over the years, our leaders have sworn to the Holy Bible and Quran, yet their uprightness and patriotism have always been in question.

They forget the oath as soon as they take it and begin to act out of the constitution that brought them to the seat.

Let us take a look at this:

“I Muhammadu Buhari do solemnly swear that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to the Federal Republic of Nigeria:

that as President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, I will discharge my duties to the best of my ability, faithfully and in accordance with the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the law, and always in the interest of the sovereignty, integrity, solidarity, well-being and prosperity of the Federal Republic of Nigeria;

That I will strive to preserve the Fundamental Objectives and Directive Principles of State Policy contained in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria;

That I will abide by the Code of Conduct contained in the Fifth Schedule to the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria; that in all circumstances, I will do right to all manner of people, according to law, without fear or favour, affection or ill-will;

That I will not directly or indirectly communicate or reveal to any person any matter which shall be brought under my consideration or shall become known to me as President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, except as may be required for the due discharge of my duties as President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria;

and that I will devote myself to the service and well-being of the people of Nigeria.

So help me God.”

This is a good oath, which has only mandated the president to discharge his duty to the best of his ability, according to the constitution.

The questions thus arise; will it become sin or breach of the constitution if Buhari fails to perform or discharge his duty above his ability?

It won’t be a crime at all. His slowness and lack of intellectual capacity in dealing with the economic issues are not sins.

But the president will be questioned if the nation senses that he is being partial in the discharge of his duties.

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