President Muhammadu Buhari meets with a select group of Nigerians living in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, where he has just returned from a visit, President Buhari says he will leave on May 29, 2023, and advises tenure extension campaigners to stop.
President Buhari has also voiced tacit support for measures to extend the role of technology in the nation’s elections, claiming that the introduction of the card reader and electronic register was God’s response to his prayers after being denied victory in three previous elections.
“After the third alleged loss, I said, ‘God Dey.’ My opponents mocked me, but God answered my prayers by bringing technology into the picture. Nobody can steal or buy their votes at that point,” the President remarked.
President Buhari, who concluded his tour to the Kingdom with Friday prayers at the Grand Mosque in Makkah, said that he would continue to uphold the constitution in all of its dimensions and that he will always monitor and deal with his ministers on the same basis.
During the meeting, he promised that in the remaining “eighteen months or so of my term, whatever I can do to enhance the lives of Nigerians, I would do it for the country.”
The President praised diaspora Nigerians in the Kingdom for representing the nation well and portraying a positive picture of the country.
He also used the occasion to call on residents at home to be fair to his government at all times, urging critics to compare the security circumstances in the North East and South South in 2015 and how things have changed since then.
“My issue is in the North West, where people are murdering and robbing from one another.” “I had to be extremely tough on them, and I will continue to be tough on them until we get them in line and restore order,” he added.
President Buhari encouraged Nigerians residing in the nation to uphold the law, be law-abiding, and do nothing to jeopardise the two countries’ many years of cordial and mutually beneficial ties.
Dr. Abdulkadir Maikudi, a community leader who spoke on behalf of the organisation, asked the President to help the privately managed Nigerian International School in the Kingdom by equipping it to give scientific and technical education.
The Nigerian Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Yahaya Lawal, and the Consul-General in Jeddah, Ambassador Abdulkarim Mansur, both testified to the decent behaviour of the approximately 1.5 million Nigerians living in the country.