The May 29 handover date has been declared sacrosanct by Buhari.

The May 29 handover date to a new administration is non-negotiable, according to President Muhammadu Buhari, who has assured Nigerians that the transition of power will occur as planned.

Buhari, who fielded questions from journalists after the Eid-el-Fitr prayers in Abuja, commended Nigerians’ for their determination to defend democracy against all threats.

He said: “Nigerians appreciate the stability of democracy.

“The outcome of the 2023 elections in which more than 10 governors failed to make it to the Senate sent a message that Nigerians know the power of their votes and how to use them.

“Nigerians cherish democracy. They have shown their love for it and will defend it against real or perceived threats. They will continue to vote one way or the other depending on their preferences.”

On his plans after leaving office, the president expressed gratitude to God for making it possible for him to serve two terms in office and looked forward to an orderly handover.

“I thank God for what He has done for me personally and for what He has enabled us to achieve.

“I am looking forward to returning to my town; to be as far away as I can from Abuja so that the incoming president will have the time and the space to take decisions without my distracting him,” the president concluded.

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