The President-elect, Maj.-Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), has disclosed that the promises he made during the build-up to the presidential election, which were also encapsulated in the All Progressives Congress, APC, manifesto were not words from the Quran or Bible, therefore, it is subject to modification.
Buhari, who stated this in an exclusive interview aired on Television Continental, TVC, stressed that the party’s manifestos would have to be modified according to the law and constitution of the country.
The president-elect had promised fundamental political reforms and improvement in governance, more transparency and accountability.
In the interview, Mr. Buhari also denied a statement credited to his close associate and former minister of petroleum when he was head of state, Prof. Tam David-West that he would bring down the pump price of petrol to N40 per litre.
“I would ask Nigerian political observers to please study our manifesto; it is not a Bible or Quran because you can’t change the Quran. Whatever is there, you take it or leave it. The same thing with most parts of the Bible.
“Our manifesto was made by very experienced Nigerians. It took several months to arrive at it but it is subject to modifications.
“As soon as we are in government, we’ll highly respect the roles of the other two tiers of government – the legislature and judiciary”.
He continued: “Whatever we said in our manifesto, people must accept the fact that we’ve to modify certain things according to the law and the constitution of the country”.
On the likelihood of reviewing downward the price of premium motor spirit popularly called petrol, which is officially pegged at N87 per litre when he takes over from May 29, the president-elect hinted that while it is a possibility, it would be difficult.
“We’ll look at it [although] it is going to be difficult”, he said.