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Buhari not running for third term — Presidency tells Nigerians

The Presidency has advised Nigerians to ignore internet gossip seeking that President Muhammadu Buhari should run for a third term.

Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, disclosed in a statement on Tuesday that Buhari will finish his second term in 2023.

The statement reads: “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 in 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.”

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