President Buhari says he will not name his successor after his second term in 2023, so as not to create problems in the polity.
The President who spoke when he received a delegation of Progressives in Academics (ProAcad) led by Dr. Bolarinwa Bolaji; at the State House, Abuja was responding to an advise from the delegation to groom a young person that can effectively continue with the good governance agenda for the country.
in his words. “To me this is very funny. Ehm, I think if I identify anybody I’d create more problem for him or for her. 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.
The President said he would instead prefer that whoever is nursing a presidential ambition should go the whole hog and work very hard, and not wait to be spoonfed with the Presidency in 2023.
“I believe that those who are interested know that I tried three times. Now, I thank God and technology, PVC. Before, they just go to the television and they read the results. They said anybody who disagreed should 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.
the President says he tries to work hard to ensure that he leave behind a legacy for the next generation
” I tried to work hard but I think you have a lot more to do you as intellectuals so that you correctly document Nigeria’s political development. It is very important for the next generation. 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 it’s just closed my eyes and I got it?”
Responding to issue of education and the almajiri system in the country the president said: “Education remains a top priority for our government. In the last four years, we injected over N1 trillion into education through the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC), Tertiary Education Trust Fund (Tetfund) and our needs assessment interventions.
“We also released N25 billion to public universities to pay earned academic allowances to lecturers. Of course, you are all aware of the rot we uncovered at JAMB and many other institutions.
“In the next four years we shall continue with the work to transform the sector bearing in mind our high population growth rate, financial challenges and security issues especially those grossly affected areas.