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Nigeria: Group clears the air on President Buhari’s third term rumour​

Nigerian President Mohammadu Buhari walks to the presidential lounge on his return back to the country in Abuja, on August 19, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / SUNDAY AGHAEZE (Photo credit should read SUNDAY AGHAEZE/AFP/Getty Images)

26.11.2019

Bhuari Media Organization says that President Muhammadu Buhari is a democrat whose decision not to run for a third term is final and irreversible –

The chairperson of the organisation, Niyi Akinsiju, tells Nigerians to ignore those pushing for term elongation as such a call violates the Nigerian constitution

Mr Akinsiju says President Mohammad Buhari already made a declaration not to seek for a third term and that the president will not go back on his promise.

The Buhari Media Organisation (BMO) on Monday, November 25, said President Muhammadu Buhari has no plan to seek a third term in office despite calls from some persons for term elongation.

In a statement signed by its chairman of the organization, Niyi Akinsiju, in Abuja, noted that the president is a democrat whose decision not to run for a third term is final and irreversible. Akinsiju told Nigerians to ignore those pushing for term elongation, adding that such a call violates the Nigerian constitution.

The organisation stated that the president had made a bold declaration not to seek a third term and that the president will not go back on his promise. ”As a man of integrity, he will not renege on his promise and neither will he bastardise the Nigerian constitution for personal gains, no matter the pressure, Akinsiju said.

“We are confident that with the measures already put in place by Buhari, Nigeria is already well-positioned for development which will lead to job creation, economic growth and rapid socio-political development of the country.”

The BMO explained that the president had no plans to violate the oath of office he swore to by seeking a term elongation as he is focused on delivering on the on good governance.

”We want to reassure Nigerians that Buhari remains focussed in improving the lives of Nigerians by embarking on programmes and projects that will positively impact on Nigerians,” Akinsiju said.

Meanwhile, a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ebonyi state, Charles Oko Enya, has reportedly appealed to the Federal High Court in Abakaliki to ask the National Assembly and the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami to remove the constitutional clauses stopping President Muhammadu Buhari from getting a third term.

Daily Trust reports that he made this appeal in a suit numbered FHC/AI/CS/90/19 and filed at the court on Wednesday, November 23, and made available to the newspaper by his lawyer, Iheanacho Agboti.

In the suit, the APC member is asking for the removal of section 137(1) (b) and 182 (1) (b) in the 1999 constitution from the country’s law.

Source: CRN

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