- President Muhammadu Buhari has said that he will not be contesting elections again after the February 16 presidential poll
- President Buhari on Sunday, February 10, assured Nigerians that the forthcoming poll will be his fifth and last election
- He said that this is because the Nigerian constitution allows only two terms for a president and that he has no intention of violating it
President Muhammadu Buhari, on Sunday, February 10, promised Nigerians that the February 16 presidential poll would be the last he will take part in.
In his speech to royal fathers and traditional rulers at Government House, Abuja, President Buhari vowed that the coming election will be his fifth and last, adding that after it, he will not be contesting again, Vanguard reports.
Moreover, he urged the traditional heads to do their utmost to eliminate kidnapping and banditry in their regions, adding that he was disappointed upon learning that some of the crimes reported are committed by persons close to them.
The president said: “We are determined to defend the nation and its people. We are disappointed with some of the things going on. You are responsible for the security of your neighborhood. Being close to your people, you know them. You are still relevant. I am sorry this has extended to some of your families.
“More security is not good news, but we must do something to secure our environment.” President Buhari praised the boldness and valour of security agencies, saying “you know what we have achieved.
"You had one who styled himself as Buharin Daji, the Buhari of the forests, claiming to be in charge and not I at the centre. He is no more, and by my surviving him, you now know who is stronger.”
He remarked that this will be his fifth and final election since “a second term is what the constitution allows, and I will not abuse the constitution.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Chief Nathaniel Odebunmi, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Egbeda local government area of Oyo state, said only corrupt Nigerians were afraid of the re-election of President Buhari.
Odebunmi, who stated this on Monday, December 10, urged Nigerians to support the re-election of the president so as to end corruption in the country.
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