President Muhammadu Buhari has revealed that he is not training anyone to succeed him after he leaves office in 2023.
According to Buhari, choosing a successor would only create more problems for him or her. He noted that he would rather not identify anyone to take over from him.
Buhari’s statement came as a response to members of the progressives in academics who had asked him to start grooming his successor who would take over from him.
“We are delighted having you and in another four-year time you would want to go and rest – then who takes over from you?
“We are suggesting that you bring a vibrant youth among people who have shown interest, bring them in so that you start saddling them with responsibilities and you will be watching them over these next four years so that when you want to leave the circle, you would have vibrant youths to hand over to.
“This is one of the ways the gains of this government can be made to be continues – so that there will be continuity in what you are doing,’’ Bolariwa Bolaji, the spokesman for the group, said.
In his response however, President Buhari noted that he’d rather keep his mouth shut and let whoever is interested to try as much as he did.
“To me this is very funny. I think if I identify anybody I’d create more problem for him or for her,” Buhari said.
“So, I’d rather keep my mouth shut. Let those who would want to be president try as much as I did. And I believe that those who are interested know that I tried three times.
“And the first time, I thank God and technology, PVC. Before, they just go to the television and they read the results. They say anybody who disagreed should go to court.
“And most of my supporters are looking for next day’s meal. They don’t have money to give to lawyers. So I said “God dey”. So, the first time God and technology came along, PVC, they couldn’t rig the election and so I won.
He further urged youths to work hard, saying that success cannot be taken for granted. Having contested the presidential election three times, President Buhari cited himself as example to the youth.
Mr. President noted that he did not just close his eye and spontaneously became a president.
“A lot of our young chaps are taking things for granted. Imagine to contest election three times ending up in Supreme Court three times. It needs a lot of conviction you know, and hard work.
“But people take success for granted. They say, ah, he’s the president. They think I just closed my eyes and I got it,” Buhari told the youths as he encouraged them to document Nigeria’s political development for the next generation.
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