By Bature Dan-Inni, Abuja
President Muhammadu Buhari has pledged to leave after the end of the current tenure after reiterating his commitment not to run for office in 2023.
In his New Year’s message to Nigerians on Wednesday, Buhari promised to stand down at the end of his current second tenure in 2023.
The president’s comment comes amid speculations of a third-term agenda.
It could be recalled that Femi Falana, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) had alleged the third-term plan was initiated in September when some APC stalwarts started advancing to seek a third-term for Buhari and others.
But Buhari has once again dismissed the claim, saying: “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.”
He added that he is determined to help strengthen the electoral process both in Nigeria and across the West African region.
“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.