Buhari explained that naming his preferred successor now would create problems for him and those making such calls.
He spoke while receiving members of a group known as Progressive in Academics, Pro-Acad, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Pro-Acad had asked him to start grooming a youth who will replace him when at the expiration of his tenure in 2023.
Reacting, Buhari stated that becoming a president was not an overnight job but a painstaking process.
He said: “Succession? To me, this is very funny. If I find anybody, I will create more problems for him or her. Let those who want to be president try as much as I did.
“I believe those who are interested need to know that I tried three times and the fourth time, I thank God and technology. Before they announced the result on radio and television, we got the results and those who disagreed were asked to go to court.
“Most of my supporters are looking for next day’s meal, they don’t have money to give to lawyers. So I said God dey!
“So, the fourth time because of technology they couldn’t rig the elections, so I won. So this time around I tried to work hard. I think you have more to do as intellectuals to make sure you correct Nigeria’s intellectual development, it is very important for the next generation.
“A lot of our young people are taking things for granted. Imagine to contest elections three times and ending up in the Supreme Court, it takes a lot of conviction and hard work. But people take things for granted, they say I want to be the president. As if I just to closed my eyes and opened and I got it.”
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