President Muhammadu Buhari has rejected calls for him to name a person whom he believes is capable of taking over from him after he completes his second term in 2023. According to the president, naming a successor now will create a problem for such a person.
The President said this when he received a group of academicians in the state house Abuja today July 30th. The group who came under the aegis Progressive in Academics (Pro-Acad), called on President Buhari to start grooming a youth who will take over from him in 2023.
Responding to their call, the President said
“Succession? To me, this is very funny. If I find anybody, I will create more problems for him or her. Let those who want to be president try as much as I did.
I believe those who are interested need to know that I tried three times and the fourth time, I thank God and technology. Before they announced the result on radio and television, we got the results and those who disagreed were asked to go to court. 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 fourth time because of technology they couldn’t rig the elections, so I won. So this time around I tried to work hard. I think you have more to do as intellectuals to make sure you correct Nigeria’s intellectual development, it is very important for the next generation.
A lot of our young people are taking things for granted. Imagine to contest elections three times and ending up in the Supreme Court, it takes a lot of conviction and hard work. But people take things for granted, they say I want to be the president. As if I just to closed my eyes and opened and I got it.”