President Muhammadu Buhari has spoken about his successor again as the 2023 elections approach.
Last year, during an interview with a television station, the president stated that he was unconcerned about his successor.
He subsequently stated that, while he had a favourite candidate, he was hesitant to reveal him because “he may be removed if I name him.”
However, addressing on Monday after joining other Muslims at the parade site, Mambilla Barrack in Abuja, Buhari reaffirmed his administration’s commitment to a free, fair, and transparent process.
When asked who he would prefer to give over to, the president responded, “Whoever Nigerians elect.”
Buhari also urged the chiefs of the country’s military and other security forces to pursue and eradicate terrorists.
He reaffirmed his administration’s commitment to ensuring the country’s safety for Nigerians.
He stated that farmers’ safety must be ensured when they return to their farms, therefore ensuring the country’s food production.
“We will continue to preserve the environment, especially as the rainy season approaches, so that farmers may return to their lands and we will not face a food security crisis.”
“The heads of the services, including the Army, Navy, Air Force, and the Inspector-General of Police, are acutely aware of the situation. It is their responsibility to ascertain the whereabouts of terrorists and eliminate them,” he stated.
Other prominent figures who observed prayers alongside the President included retired Major General Babagana Munguno as National Security Adviser, Ahmed Rufai Abubakar as Director General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Usman Alkali Baba as Inspector General of Police, Abdulrahman Dambazzau as former Minister of the Interior, and Murtala Nyako as former Governor of Adamawa.