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I’ll Be Stepping Down In 2023, Buhari Insists

I’ll Be Stepping Down In 2023, Buhari Insists

President Muhammadu Buhari has reiterated his intention not to contest

the 2023 presidential elections but determined to help strengthen the

electoral process both in Nigeria and across Economic Community of

West African States (ECOWAS).

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that several ECOWAS members

will be going to the polls in 2020.

Buhari made his feelings known in a letter to Nigerians issued by his

Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, in Abuja on

Wednesday to mark the commencement of 2020.

Firstly he said his decision to help strengthen the electoral process,

particularly in Nigeria, was informed by the frustrations the nation’s

electoral system had triggered.

“Elections are the cornerstone of our democracy.

“Saluting the commitment of the millions who voted in peace last

February and of those leaders who contested for office vigorously

but fairly, submitting to the authority of the electorate, the

Independent National Electoral Commission and judicial process.

“However i understand very well the frustrations our system has

in the past triggered. 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.

On security, the president said: “As Commander-in-Chief,

my primary concern is the security of the nation and the

safety of our citizens.

I’ll Be Stepping Down In 2023, Buhari Insists

“Secondly When I assumed office in May 2015 my first task was to rally

our neighbours so that we could confront Boko Haram on a coordinated

regional basis. Chaos is not a neighbour any of us hope for.

“Moreover, we have been fighting on several fronts: violent extremists, cultists

and organised criminal networks. It has not been easy.

“But as we are winning the war, we also look to the challenge of winning

the peace, the reconstruction of lives, communities and markets.’’

According to the president, the North East Development Commission will

work with local and international stakeholders to help create a new

beginning for the region.

However, he also expressed the government’s readiness to continue to work with

State Governors, neighbouring countries and the international partners

to tackle the root causes of violent extremism and the networks that

help finance and organise terror.

“Our security forces will receive the best training and modern weaponry,

and in turn will be held to the highest standards of professionalism and

respect for human rights.

“We will use all the human and emerging technological resources available

to tackle kidnapping, banditry and armed robbery.

“The new Ministry of Police Affairs increased recruitment of

officers and the security reforms being introduced will build

on what we are already delivering.

“We will work tirelessly at home and with our allies in support of our

policies to protect the security of life and property,’’ he added.

Buhari maintained that his administration’s actions would be governed

by the rule of law as well as engagement with well-meaning leaders and

citizens to promote dialogue, partnership and understanding.

“We need a democratic government that can guarantee peace and

security to realise the full potential of our ingenious, entrepreneurial

and hard-working people.

Buhari Insists He Will Be Stepping Down In 2023

“Above all, our policies are designed to promote genuine, balanced growth

that delivers jobs and rewards industry.

“Our new Economic Advisory Council brings together respected and

independent thinkers to advise me on a strategy that champions

inclusive and balanced growth and above all fight poverty and

safeguard national economic interests.

“As we have sat down to celebrate with friends and family over this

holiday season, for the first time in a generation our food plates have

not all been filled with imports of products we know can easily be

produced here at home,’’ he said.

He also noted that the nation’s revolution in agriculture had become a

reality in all corners of the country.

 

In addition, the president expressed the hope that the new agreements with Morocco,

Russia and others would help access on attractive terms the inputs the

country needed to accelerate the transformation in farming.

“For instance, a good example of commitment to this inclusive growth is the

signing of the African Continental Free Trade Area and the

creation of the National Action Committee to oversee its

implementation and ensure the necessary safeguards are in

place to allow us to fully capitalise on regional and continental markets.

“The joint land border security exercise currently taking place is meant

to safeguard Nigeria’s economy and security. No one can doubt that we

have been good neighbours and good citizens.

“Finally, we have been the helpers and shock-absorbers of the

sub-region but we cannot allow our well-planned economic

regeneration to be sabotaged.

“However, as soon as we are satisfied that the safeguards are adequate,

normal cross-border movements will be resumed.”

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