President Muhammadu Buhari says he will leave office when his tenure ends on May 29, 2023.
According to a statement by presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, the president also warned his supporters against campaigning for him to remain in office beyond 2023.
Buhari issued the warning on Friday during a meeting with some Nigerian residents in Makkah, Saudi Arabia.
On Monday, Buhari departed Abuja for Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, to participate in the investment conference organised by the Future Investment Initiative Institute.
Speaking at the meeting with the Nigerians in Saudi Arabia, Buhari said he will not accept any such clamour for an “unconstitutional extension” of his tenure.
“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 said.
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.
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.
The presidential aide 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.