Contrary to mounting speculations, President Muhammadu Buhari has no plans to seek for a constitutional amendment to make him eligible for another term of office, the Presidency has clarified.
In a statement signed by Garba Shehu, the SSA to the President on Media and Publicity, the rumour has no basis in fact and will never receive the approval of the President who’s keen to finish his term and handover to his successor after a general election.
A group had surfaced last month purporting to garner support for a constitutional amendment to extend the two-term limit for the President to run again.
Read the full statement below:
STATE HOUSE STATEMENT ON PRESIDENTIAL TERM LIMITS
The 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.
Senior Special Assistant to the President
(Media & Publicity)
October 1, 2019