President Muhammadu Buhari has said he will not run for the office of president in 2023 nor contest in any future elections.
The made this known in his letter to Nigerian on the first day of the new year and decade, stressing that he is a strong believer of democratic principles and will promote and sustain them in Nigeria and across West Africa.
“I will be standing down in 2023 and will not be available in any future elections. But I am determined to help strengthen the electoral process both in Nigeria and across the region, where several ECOWAS members go to the polls this year,” he said.
Buhari’s speech titled ‘A Letter from the President at New Year’, and personally signed by him, stated that fighting corruption, improving the economy and combating insecurity would remain the priority of his administration in the new year.
The president’s reassurance of leaving office in 2023 is apparently to clarify the speculation that there are underground moves to secure a third term for him after the completion of his current last term in 2023.
He also listed what his government had done since 2015 and would do in the years ahead to improve power supply, build roads/houses for Nigerians, develop agriculture, diversify the economy, create jobs, combat terrorism and promote democracy.
Nigerian, he said, should new developments in 2020 and ahead including, “47 road projects scheduled for completion in 2020/21, including roads leading to ports” and many bridges.