The president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari has spoken about his having another term in office as the nation’s head of state.
At a meeting in Makkah with a select group of Nigerian resident in Saudi Arabia, Buhari stated that he will be leaving office come May 29, 2023, and has warned people campaigner for elongation of his tenure to desist forthwith.
President Buhari, who ended his visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia with the Friday Prayers at the Grand Mosque in Makkah said he will continue to abide by the constitution in all its ramifications and he will at all times supervise and deal with his ministers on same basis.
“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 unconstitutional extension. I will not accept that.” Buhari stated.
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.”
The President commended diaspora Nigerians in the Saudi Arabia for representing the country well and projecting its good image.
President Buhari urged Nigerians living in the country to respect the laws, remain law-abiding and do nothing to derogate from the many years of friendly and mutually beneficial relationships between the two countries.
He also used the opportunity to urge citizens at home to be fair to his administration at all times, asking the critics to compare the security situations in the North East and South South in 2015 and how things have improved as at now.
“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.