The Presidency on Tuesday denied reports that President Muhammadu Buhari is seeking to amend the constitution to make room for him to contest for a third term in office.
In a series of tweets, the spokesperson to the President, Garba Shenu said Buhari , being a true democrat would not support any move to alter the two-term limit of Nigeria’s President as enshrined in the country’s constitution.
“The Presidency wishes to correct internet-based gossip and uninformed media commentary regarding presidential term limits, given credence by so-called support groups staging street demonstrations asking President 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 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,” Shehu tweeted.