- Again, President Muhammdu Buhari has assured that he won't extend his tenure after it ends on May 29, 2023
- The president reiterated his stance when he met the United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken in Aso Rock
- Some groups had in the past campaigned that the president's tenure should be extended, but Buhari shut it down immediately
Speaking during a meeting with United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, the president said those who attempted to extend their tenures were disgraced.
Presidential media aide, Femi Adesina, in a statement sent to Legit.ng, quoted the president as saying:
“Those who have attempted to breach it were disappointed, if not disgraced. You are even lucky if you have two terms.
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“Others try hard and don’t get it. The American model has been accepted by Nigerians as the best.”
On its official Facebook page, the presidency shared photos of the meeting with Blinken with the caption:
“President Muhammadu Buhari today received in audience U.S. Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken at the State House, Abuja.”
Buhari reveals he will leave office in 2023
President Buhari had earlier promised that he would leave office when his tenure ends come May 29, 2023.
Buhari in a statement signed by his senior special assistant on media and publicity, Garba Shehu on Friday, October 29, warned against campaigns targeted at the extension of his tenure while reiterating he had sworn to serve in accordance with the constitution.
The Nigerian leader made this disclosure at a meeting in Makkah with a selected group of Nigerians who are residents in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, where he visited recently.
Buhari promises to leave office in 2023 in address to the nation
Similarly, President Buhari, on January 1, 2020, promised that he would not stay an extra day after his second term tenure officially ends on May 29, 2023.
The president said this in a nationwide broadcast to the nation through a speech that was obtained by Legit.ng.
He also used the opportunity to mention some of the achievements of his administration so far just as he led the citizens into the government's plans in the new year and beyond.