While he didn't mention it by name, Aliyev's remarks were taken as his first public reaction to recent protests in the town of Ismayilli, northwest of the capital, Baku.
The January unrest was triggered by a car accident involving the son of a cabinet minister.
Talking to journalists on the sidelines of a conference on regional development, Aliyev warned government officials to behave properly or face serious consequences:
Aliyev also called on central and local government officials to stop holding ostentatious celebrations and weddings and to live more modestly:
Using himself as an example, Aliyev pointed to his 50th birthday celebrations in December 2011, which he said he spent in the Agcabadi region with internally displaced people from the disputed territory of Nagorno-Karabakh:
(Of course, Aliyev, failed to mention the huge birthday cakes that have been baked for him on his birthdays.)
Dozens of protesters were arrested after the January 23 protests in Ismayilli when protesters set fire to cars and a hotel owned by the minister's son.
-- Kenan Aliyev of RFE/RL's Azerbaijani Service