Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has warned diplomats against any possible interference in the upcoming elections scheduled for February 2023.
He issued the warning on Thursday, during an Iftar dinner with the diplomatic corps at the president’s residence in the capital, Abuja.
“As Nigeria goes through this trajectory, I urge our friends in the global community, represented by you the diplomatic corps, to adopt a positive role that reinforces the doctrine of respect for our internal affairs and respect for facts and devoid of pre-conceived notions and bias,” Mr Buhari is quoted as saying in a statement.
Although Mr Buhari’s second term ends in May 2023 and he is not eligible for re-election, he has pledged to protect the upcoming polls and ensure they are transparent.
“Those planning to rig the forthcoming elections should think twice because I intend to resolutely protect and defend the sacred will of the Nigerian people, to be expressed through the ballot box,” he said.