The President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday revealed how new leaders will emerge in 2023.
Buhari, while receiving Letters of Credence from Ambassadors and High Commissioners of six countries at the State House, Abuja, stated that his administration will conduct a good transition process.
The Ambassadors and High Commissioners of Republic of India, Gangadharan Balasubramanian, Germany, Annett Gunther, Sudan, Mohamed Yousif Ibrahim Abdelmannan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gerengbo Yakivu Pascaline, State of Palestine, Abdullah M.A. Abu Shawesh and The Kingdom of Netherlands, Willem Wouter Plomp, presented their Letters of Credence to President Buhari.
President Buhari, while addressing the Ambassadors, said, “I am highly optimistic that we will conduct a good transition process at the end of which a new set of political leaders will freely emerge.
“You are assuming your diplomatic responsibilities in Nigeria, at a very interesting political period as Nigeria’s national elections are due in February 2023. I want to state again, as I did just a few days ago at the UN General Assembly, that we remain committed to free and fair elections.”
He further stated that Nigerians would continue to enjoy the freedom of speech and robust political discourse.
Buhari told the Ambassadors that Nigeria’s strength remained in its diversity, and the constant differences in positions further signpost a strong democratic culture.
The president added, “As you settle down to your diplomatic responsibilities, you will realise how diverse Nigeria is. We are not only multi-ethnic and religious but also multi-cultural. We enjoy unfettered freedom of speech and engage in robust political discourses. Sometimes, the nature of these discourses tends to give the impression that we are constantly opposed to each other.”
President Buhari called for more collectiveness in tackling some of the challenges faced by nations, adding that the climatic, economic and security concerns can only be solved through shared vision, skills and efforts.
Buhari pointed to the need to work closely together to build consensus to overcome the challenges facing each country.
The Indian High Commissioner to Nigeria, while speaking on behalf of the diplomats promised Buhari of the full support of their countries.
He added that they would work with the Nigerian Government and the leader that emerges after the elections.