President Muhammadu Buhari has said that he will leave office when his tenure ends on May 29, 2023.
This is as he warned against campaigns for tenure extension, saying he swore to serve in accordance with the constitution.
The President said this at a meeting in Makkah with a select group of Nigerians resident in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia where he just ended a visit.
This was disclosed in a statement titled, ‘President Buhari Says I Will Leave On 29 May 2023, Warns Tenure Extension Campaigners To Desist,’ signed by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu on Friday.
Buhari 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 unconstitutional extension. I will not accept that,”.
Shehu said the President also promised to provide support 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 cheated of his victory in three previous elections.
Buhari quoted “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 also said he will continue to abide by the constitution in all its ramifications, adding that he will at all times supervise and deal with his ministers on the same basis.