Presidency to adhere to constitutional provisions

By Timothy Choji, Abuja


The Presidency says it will adhere to the provisions of the Nigerian constitution at all times.

Senior Special Assistant on Media and publicity to the President, Garba Shehu made this while reacting to purported calls on President Buhari to contest for a 3rd term of office.

He said the Nigerian leader would not be tempted into doing so.

“The Presidency wishes to correct the 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  limit on holding office as President,” he said.

The Presidential spokesperson stressed that President Buhari would leave at the end of his current term in 2023.

“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,” the presidential spokesman added.



Mercy Chukwudiebere