*WARNS TENURE EXTENSION CAMPAIGNERS TO DESIST
By Silas Onuoha
The Nigeria President Muhammadu Buhari has swore by the Holy Qur’an that he will serve in accordance with the constitution and leave office when his time is up. “I don’t want anybody to start talking about and campaigning for unconstitutional extension. I will not accept that.”
President Buhari stated this at a meeting in Makkah with a selected group of Nigerian resident in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia where he just ended a visit.
Speaking, President Buhari tacitly expressed support to efforts to increase the role of technology in the nations elections, arguing that the introduction of the card reader and electronic register was Gods answer to his prayers, having been cheated of his victory in three previous elections.
“After the third so-called defeat, I said, ‘God Dey’. My opponents laughed at me but God answered my prayers by bringing in technology. At that point, nobody can steal votes or buy them,” the President said.
President Buhari, who ended his visit to the Kingdom with the Friday Prayers at the Grand Mosque in Makkah emphasized that he will continue to abide by the constitution in all its ramifications and will at all times supervise and deal with his ministers on same basis.
Assuring Nigerians at the meeting he said, “in the balance of eighteen months or so of my time left, whatever I can do to improve the life of Nigerians, I will do it for the country.”
The President commended diaspora Nigerians in the Kingdom for representing the country well and projecting its good image.
He also used the opportunity to urge citizens at home to be fair to his administration at all times, asking the critics to compare the security situations in the North East and South South in 2015 and how things have improved as at now.
“My problem is the North West 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 laws, 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 of our country.”