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“No circumstances will make me seek third term” – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday evening debunked rumours that he will seek a third term in office after finishing the constitutionally recognized two terms.

Speaking through his Media Assistant, Garba Shehu, President Buhari said that   “there are no circumstances – nor set of circumstances – under which I may seek to amend the Constitution regarding the two-term term limit on holding office as President”.

Below is the full statement from the State House:

“Presidency wishes to correct internet-based gossip and un-informed 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 Buhari is a democrat. He respects the Constitution. Any activity aimed at altering the two-term limit will not succeed and shall never have his time nor support”.

Garba Shehu
Senior Special Assistant to the President
(Media & Publicity)
October 1, 2019

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