President Muhammadu Buhari has advised diplomats in the country not to interfere in the internal politics of Nigeria as the countdown to the 2023 elections begins.
The President gave the advice Thursday at the State House, Abuja, while presenting Letters of Credence to the Ambassadors of Czech Republic, Zdenek Krejci; Italy, Stephano De Leo; Spain, Juan Ignacio Sell Sanz and Israel, Michael Shual Freeman.
President Buhari, who welcomed the diplomats, counselled them to stay within the limits of their schedules.
“You are assuming your diplomatic responsibilities in Nigeria at a very interesting political period as Nigeria’s national elections are due in early 2023.
“As you settle down in the face of these developments, it is my hope that you will also be guided by diplomatic practice, to ensure that your activities remain within the limits of your profession as you monitor the build-up to and the conduct of the general elections next year,” he said.
On October 25 last year, President Buhari had earlier urged foreign envoys in Nigeria to be guided by diplomatic practices to ensure that their activities remain within the limits of their profession in the build-up to the 2023 general elections.
He spoke during a brief ceremony where the Ambassadors of Japan, European Union, Burundi, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Cape Verde, France, Qatar; and High Commissioners of Sierra Leone and Ghana received Letters of Credence.