Unic Press UK: Nigeria president, Muhammadu Buhari, is not scheming toward a third-term in office, and has no interest in remaining in power beyond the end date of the current second/final tenure.
In a statement on Monday, the Senior Special Assistant to the President
on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu quoted a statement made on 2 October 2019 debunking the rumour over a third-term plot, which reads:
“The Presidency wishes to correct internet-based gossip and uninformed media commentary regarding presidential term limits, given credence by so-called support groups, staging street demonstrations asking President Muhammadu Buhari to do a third term. There are no circumstances – nor set of circumstances – under which President Buhari may seek to amend the Constitution regarding the two-term term limit on holding office as President. President Buhari intends to serve his full second elected term in office, ending 2023 – and then there shall be a general election in which he will not be a candidate. There is not even the faintest possibility that this will change. It is important to note that there was a past attempt to change the Constitution to allow for the then incumbent president to stand for a third term. That attempt was wrong, unconstitutional – and rightly rebuffed. No such attempt will happen under this President”.
President Muhammadu Buhari is a democrat, and respects the Nigerian Constitution. So, any activity aimed at altering the two-term limit prescribed in our Constitution will not succeed and shall never have his time nor support, Shehu added.