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Buhari: Forget tenure extension, I’ll quit in 2023

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday expressed tacit support for the country’s technology-driven voting process, claiming that it eliminates the possibility of vote fraud.

The President, speaking in Makkah to a small group of Saudi Arabian Nigerians, also advised anyone preparing to advocate for an extension of his term to back off, saying he had pledged to God that he would not remain until May 29, 2023.

In addition, Presidential spokesperson Femi Adesina has slammed allegations that the plane on which President Muhammadu Buhari recently flew to the United States experienced a problem mid-flight.

As an example, Adesina cited stories published on various web sites.

Speaking about his trust in the effectiveness of technology in an electoral process, President Buhari recalled that his victory droughts in presidential contests ended after three outings when technology was eventually involved.

He argued that the introduction of the card reader and electronic register was God’s answer to his prayers, having been robbed of victory in three previous elections.

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He said: “After the third so-called defeat, I said God dey (there is God). 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.”

According to a statement issued by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, President Buhari assured Nigerians that he would not violate his oath to the holy Qur’an by which he had sworn to only serve the terms permitted him by the 1999 Constitution.

“I swore by the Holy Qur’an that I would 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.”

President Buhari said he would continue to adhere by the constitution in all of its implications and would always monitor and deal with his ministers on the same basis as he completed his tour to the Kingdom with Friday prayers at the Grand Mosque in Makkah.

At the meeting, he promised that in the “eighteen months or so of my time remaining, whatever I can do to enhance the lives of Nigerians, I would do it for the nation.”

The President praised Nigerians in the diaspora in the Kingdom for effectively promoting the country and creating a positive image.

He also took the opportunity to call on Nigerians to be fair to his government at all times, urging his detractors to come clean with him.

“My problem is the Northwest 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 law, 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.

The Nigerian Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Yahaya Lawal and the Consul-General in Jeddah, Ambassador Abdulkarim Mansur attested to the good conduct of the nearly 1.5 million Nigerians there.

According to them, “Nigerian professionals are doing well and projecting a good image for our country.”

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