I Won’t be Seeking a Third Term in Office, President Buhari Swears in New Video (Watch)
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari ruled out the possibility of changing the constitution to seek a third term in office.
The subject of President Muhammadu Buhari seeking an extension of his tenure in office, has dominated social media and mainstream chatter in recent times.
The head of state, 76, was re-elected in March for a second four year mandate, the last he is permitted under the west African country’s constitution. Speculation is already turning to who the ruling All Progressives Congress and opposition People’s Democratic Party will nominate to fight the 2023 contest.
“I’m not going to make the mistake of attempting a third term,” Buhari said Friday at a meeting of his party, Punch reported. “Besides the age, the constitution makes provision for only two terms.”
In early November YAWNAIJATV had earlier reported that human rights lawyer Femi Falana accused Buhari and his team of working to seek a third term in office for the 76-year-old.
“You may have a third term campaign very soon. Very soon, they are going to destroy all possible opponents and they have started. So, by the time they bring in the third term agenda, the media would have been gone but we are not going to allow it,” Falana said during an event in Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial capital.
Watch the video below.
“I am not going to make the mistake of attempting a third term or whatever term. Besides age, I swore by the Holy Book I believe in that I will go by the constitution and the constitution says 2 terms.”
*President Buhari on Friday, 22/11/2019.* pic.twitter.com/et7C05GD0g
— Festus Keyamo, SAN (@fkeyamo) November 26, 2019