President Muhammadu Buhari has said he has no intention of seeking for a third term as Nigeria’s leader.
Mr Buhari said this on Tuesday shortly after he received a briefing from the Chairman of the country’s Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), on the series of attacks on their facilities nationwide.
The Nigerian leader also said he has assured INEC to meet the demands of the commission to enable them operate efficiently ahead of the 2023 general elections.
“I received a briefing today from the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), on the series of attacks on their facilities nationwide. These attacks are totally unacceptable, and we will not allow those behind them to achieve their evil objectives,” the President said on his official Twitter handle.
“I have assured INEC that we will make available to them everything they need to operate efficiently, so that no one will say we don’t want to go, or that we want a third term. There will be no excuse for failure. We will meet all of INEC’s demands.”
According to the President, those citizens calling for secession are oblivious of the destruction caused by the Nigerian civil war and will be treated ruthlessly.
He said: “In the area of security, we have changed the Service Chiefs and the Inspector-General, and we are demanding that they rise fully to the challenges confronting us. There must be zero tolerance for all those bent on destroying our country by promoting crime and insurrection!
“Many of those misbehaving today are too young to be aware of the destruction and loss of lives that occurred during the Nigerian Civil War. Those of us in the fields for 30 months, who went through the war, will treat them in the language they understand.”
By Abel Ejikeme