President Muhammadu Buhari has declared that he would not stay an extra day after the end of his tenure come May 29, 2023.
President Buhari made the declaration at a meeting in Makkah with a select group of Nigerians resident in Saudi Arabia, where he just ended a visit.
He said the declaration becomes necessary following reports of a third term agenda by some sections of the media.
The President said he would continue to abide by the constitution in all its ramifications. He will at all times supervise and deal with his ministers on the 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 an unconstitutional extension. I will not accept that.
“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.
“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.
“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 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.
A leader of the community, Dr Abdulkadir Maikudi, who spoke on behalf of the group, requested the President to assist the privately-run Nigerian International School in the Kingdom by equipping it to provide science and technical education.