President Muhammadu Buhari has promised to abide and comply with the rule of law and constitution of Nigeria.
Buhari said this in his New Year message to Nigerians. The administration of President Buhari is characterised with different acts of human rights violation with activists and critics arrested and illegally detained at different centres across the country.
This is highlighted in the arrest and detention of Omoyele Sowore and Agba Jalingo as well as a host of others. Buhari added that his government would promote dialogue and understanding.
He said, “Our actions at all times will be governed by the rule of law.
“At the same time, we shall look always to engage with all well-meaning leaders and citizens of goodwill to promote dialogue, partnership and understanding. “We need a democratic government that can guarantee peace and security to realise the full potential of our ingenious, entrepreneurial and hard-working people.
“Our policies are designed to promote genuine, balanced growth that delivers jobs and rewards industry.”
President Muhammadu Buhari also has said that he would not be available to stand for the 2023 presidential elections, saying he would be standing down in 2023. According to the President, who made the declaration in a New Year letter to Nigerians, he would not also be available for future elections in the country.
In the message titled: “A Letter from the President at New Year” and personally signed by him, President Buhari said fighting corruption, improving the economy and combating insecurity would remain the planks of his administration in the new year.
He said: “I will be standing down in 2023 and will not be available in any future elections. 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.”
The President said the Federal Government would complete 47 road projects including roads leading to ports and many bridges this year.
Though President Buhari has said he won’t be available to stand elections any longer, it is curious why he would bother to tell Nigerians because even he wants to be available or not, the laws of the land forbids it, as the tenure of presidents and governors are pegged to two terms, which he is already on.
It would be recalled that there had been rumours of a third term agenda in the offing, eliciting negative comments from Nigerians, who have shown readiness to resist any attempt at staying behind in the saddle beyond the constitutional two terms.
The case of former President Olusegun Obasanjo comes to mind and the popular uproar that attended it, sending the third term plot into total oblivion.