Wednesday, 11 May 2022

Tenure Extension Requests: I'll Leave Office On May 29th 2023...Buhari


 

President Muhammadu Buhari has said there is no going back on leaving office after completing his constitutionally guaranteed tenure, emphasising that the 29 May 2023 handover date is sacrosanct.


Buhari’s reaction follows the suggestions of Chief Robert Clarke (SAN) that the constitution should be suspended for a new one and that the president could extend his tenure by six months if there is a possibility that insecurity could affect the 2023 general elections.


“In response to the Senior Advocate of Nigeria’s recent remarks, the Presidency wishes to state as follows: Chief Robert Clarke, a very well-respected elder may be sincere in his wish for the President to extend his term by six months. We wish to categorically restate that the President will step down on May 29th, 2023, after serving two terms – as per the constitution,” read a statement issued by Buhari’s media aide, Garba Shehu.


“Having been the first recipient of a democratic transfer of power from an incumbent administration to an opposition candidate in Nigerian history, the President is committed to extending and entrenching democratic values across the country. He shall, in turn, hand the privilege of serving the people of Nigeria to whomever they choose through free, fair and credible elections."


The statement didn't end there though as it also made reference to earlier calls by another legal luminary Chief Afe Babalola for an interim government.


“Yet there are others, such as Chief Afe Babalola, that believe elections should be suspended, with the current elected government replaced by an interim unelected administration. This, he claims, is necessary to create a new constitution for the people, made possible, paradoxically, by ignoring their democratic rights. Down that path lies crisis and instability. Instead, this administration proposes something entirely simpler: honouring the constitution and people’s right to decide,” added the statement.



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