Ahead of the 2023 general elections, President Muhammadu Buhari has asked foreign envoys not to derail from diplomatic practices.
On Monday, President Buhari gave the advice when he received letters of credence from the ambassadors of Japan, European Union, Burundi, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Cape Verde, France, Qatar, and high commissioners of Sierra Leone and Ghana at the State House.
He also asked the diplomats to ensure that their activities remained within the limits of their profession.
A statement by Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, quotes President Buhari as saying, “Nigeria’s national elections are due in early 2023.
“The momentum for enhanced political activities is therefore expected to commence soon.
“The nature of our politicking often gives the impression of very rancorous engagements. It is the nature of politics here.
Besides, democracy and related democratic activities in the build-up to elections are necessarily rowdy and very argumentative but very much within the limits of freedom of action that the art of democracy permits.
“As you settle down in the face of these developments, it is my hope that you will also be guided by diplomatic practices to ensure that your activities remain within the limits of your profession.”