Presidency Speaks On How Buhari Will Determine His Successor
Chief Femi Adesina, media aide to President Muhammadu Buhari has disclosed that the President is hugely interested in who will succeed him in 2023.
The presidential aide, however, added that President Buhari will not manipulate the process to favour anyone despite the interest.
Mr. Adesina, made the revelation while speaking during a programme on Channels Television on Monday.
Adesina’s statement is believed to be a direct response to the call by Pastor Tunde Bakare of the Latter Rain Assembly (LRA), who had urged the president to be involved in the choice of his successor in order to protect his legacies.
“By May 2023 God willing he would have finished his second term as president, he would not have stood for another term and he will be exiting. So, he has that at the back of his mind,” Adesina said.
“Pastor Bakare said he should be interested in who succeeds him, yes I’m sure the president will be interested in who succeeds him but he will not manipulate the process, to pick a successor.
“The president will not pick a successor. We know him, he is not somebody like that. Will he be interested in the process? Yes, he will. He will ensure that there is a free, fair and credible election; that nobody will come to use money and resources to bamboozle his way into the leadership of the country. It will not happen. The president will ensure free, fair and credible process; but to handpick a successor? No, he will not do that.”
Adesina, however, gave assurances that Buhari will do all within his power to ensure Nigeria will not return to the hands of those who are bent on looting her commonwealth again.
“One thing that is clear is that the president will do whatever is needful before the next set of general elections. Early enough is relative but the president will do whatever is needful,” he said.