2023: No politician will be allowed to bully Nigerians – Buhari

On the eve of the 2023 general election, President Muhammadu assured that his administration would not allow any politician to intimidate Nigerians.

He made this known in an interview with reporters in the UK on Wednesday.

Buhari, who was speaking on his administration’s plan to redesign naira banknotes through the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), said his aim was to ensure that Nigerians elect the best candidate in 2023 from any political party without any form of incitement.

“My goal is to make Nigerians believe that we respect them as an administration,” he said.

“So Nigerians should vote for whoever they want regardless of political party. No one will be allowed to mobilize resources and thugs to intimidate people in any constituency. This is why I want to go down in Nigerian history as a leader.

He insisted that there was no feedback on the planned redesign of the N1,000, N500 and N200 banknotes, adding that those hoarding large sums of money had been given enough time to return to banks.

“On this change of currency, there will be a lot of money but time has been given from October to December, three months is enough for all the money you have, to change it through the legal system.

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In August, the president made a similar promise when he received elected governors from his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC).

He expressed his desire to bequeath strong political institutions that reflect the choices of Nigerians through non-interference in elections, citing poll results in Ekiti, Anambra and Osun states as indicators.

He noted that he will continue to respect Nigerians by ensuring that their votes count in the selection of political leaders at different levels.

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