The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd), has warned his supporters campaigning that he remains in office beyond the constitutional eight years to desist from such an act.
He vowed not heed any calls for an unconstitutional extension of term in office.
The President said this on Friday in Makkah while addressing a select group of Nigerians resident in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia where he just ended a visit.
Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, quoted the President as saying so in a statement titled ‘President Buhari says, I will leave on May 29, 2023, warns tenure extension campaigners to desist’.
The President said, “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.”
Buhari also tacitly expressed support to efforts to increase the role of technology in the nation’s elections, arguing that the introduction of the card reader and electronic register was God’s answer to his prayers, having been allegedly cheated of his victory in 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.
The President, who ended his visit to the Kingdom with the Friday prayers at the Grand Mosque in Makkah, said he would continue to abide by the constitution in all its ramifications and he will at all times supervise and deal with his ministers on the same basis.
He gave assurances at the meeting that in the balance of “eighteen months or so of my time left, whatever I can do to improve the life of Nigerians, I will do it for the country.”
He commended Nigerians in the Kingdom for representing the country well and projecting its good image.
Presidents returns from Saudi Arabia
Meanwhile, the President has returned to Abuja after a five-day visit to Riyadh, Madinah and Makkah in Saudi Arabia.
The News Agency of Nigeria reported that the presidential aircraft conveying him and some members of his entourage departed the Royal Terminal of the King Abdulaziz International Airport Jeddah for Abuja at about 15.45 pm local time.
While in Saudi Arabia, the Nigerian leader participated in the Fifth Edition of the Future Investment Initiative Summit held in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
The president had a brief stopover at Madinah where he observed his evening prayers and engaged in intense prayers for the return of peace and security in Nigeria.
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