The Presidency has denied reports that it wants to amend the country’s constitution to allow President Muhammadu Buhari go for a third term.
This assurance came in a statement from Buhari’s Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity Garba Shehu.
According to him, even though there were attempts in the past to change the constitution to allow the then-incumbent president to stand for a third term, such attempt was unconstitutional.
Shehu further assured that such a thing will not take place under the government of President Buhari.
“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,” the statement said.
“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.”
The statement said, “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.”
Buhari was re-elected for a second four-year term in office in 2019 after beating his closest rival Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
He is expected to hand over power in 2023 when his tenure will end.