President Muhammadu Buhari will leave power on May 29, 2023 as stipulated by the constitution, the Presidency said on Tuesday.
Presidential spokesman Garba Shehu dismissed calls by SAN Robert Clarke for the extension of Buhari’s administration by six months.
Shehu affirmed that respect for the constitution and Nigerians’ democratic rights remains the best path to securing and maintaining peace.
The statement said, ”In response to the Senior Advocate of Nigeria’s recent remarks, the Presidency wishes to state as follows:
”Chief Robert Clarke, a very well-respected elder may be sincere in his wish for the President to extend his term by six months. We wish to categorically restate that the President will step down on May 29th, 2023, after serving two terms – as per the constitution.
”Having been the first recipient of a democratic transfer of power from an incumbent administration to an opposition candidate in Nigerian history, the President is committed to extending and entrenching democratic values across the country.
”He shall, in turn, hand the privilege of serving the people of Nigeria to whomever they choose through free, fair and credible elections.
”However, Chief Clarke is right to say that without security, Nigeria would not likely realize its true potential as a peaceful and prosperous nation. That is why it has been at the core of this administration.
”The results are there for all to see. Boko Haram have been forced back from controlling whole swathes of this country. Internally Displaced Persons are now returning to rebuild their communities.”
According to Shehu, these achievements have been accomplished through the bravery and determination of the Nigerian armed forces and the fortitude of the citizens.