President Buhari has announced that he will step down on May 29, 2023, and has cautioned those who are campaigning for a longer term in government to stop immediately.
President Buhari made the remarks during a meeting with a select group of Nigerians living in Saudi Arabia, where he had recently completed a visit.
“I swore by the Holy Qur’an that I will serve in accordance with the constitution and leave when my time is up. No “Tazarce’’ (tenure extension). I don’t want anybody to start talking about and campaigning for an unconstitutional extension. I will not accept that.”
President Buhari also implied support for expanding the use of technology in the country’s elections, claiming that the introduction of the card reader and electronic register was God’s response to his prayers after he was cheated out of three previous elections.
“After the third so-called defeat, I said, ‘God Dey’. My opponents laughed at me but God answered my prayers by bringing in technology. At that point, nobody can steal their votes or buy them,” the President added.
President Buhari emphasised that he will continue to follow the constitution in all of its dimensions and that he will monitor and deal with his ministers on the same basis at all times as he finished his visit of the Kingdom with Friday Prayers at the Grand Mosque in Makkah.
At the meeting, he promised that in the “eighteen months or so of my time remaining, whatever I can do to enhance the lives of Nigerians, I would do it for the nation.”
The President praised Nigerians for effectively promoting their homeland and portraying a positive image.
He also took use of the occasion to call on residents at home to be fair to his government at all times, urging detractors to compare the security circumstances in the North East and South South in 2015 and how things have changed since then.
“My problem is the North West where people are killing and stealing from one another. I had to be very hard on them and I will continue to be very hard until we put them in line and bring back order” he said
President Buhari asked Nigerians to uphold the law, be law-abiding, and do nothing to jeopardise the two nations’ long-standing cordial and mutually beneficial relationship.
Dr. Abdulkadir Maikudi, a community leader who spoke on behalf of the organisation, asked the President to help the privately-run Nigerian International School in the Kingdom by providing science and technical education.
Yahaya Lawal, the Nigerian Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, and Ambassador Abdulkarim Mansur, the Consul-General in Jeddah, attested to the exemplary behaviour of the roughly 1.5 million Nigerians in the country.
“Nigerian professionals are performing well and creating a positive picture of our nation,” they said.