My Tenure Won’t exceed 2023 I swore by Quran – Buhari
On Thursday in Lafia, Nasarawa State, President Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) said that he is bound by the Holy Quran and that he would not be allowed to serve more than two terms in the position of President.
He said that leaders who take the oath of office, swearing with the Holy Book, must exercise caution in order not to misuse the faith put in them by the people and God in their leadership abilities.
Buhari, who is on a two-day state visit to Nasarawa, made the remarks during a courtesy visit to the palace of the Emir of Lafia, Sidi Muhammad 1, during which he restated that he had no intention of remaining in office beyond the legally mandated two-year term limit.
According to Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered leaders who swear by the Holy Book not to abuse public office. The statement was released on Thursday and was titled, ‘President Buhari: leaders who swear by the Holy Book must not abuse public office.
Traditional rulers were on a terminal appointment, according to the statement, while elected public office holders were not, according to the constitution.
The President said:
“I cannot go beyond two terms, and I have sworn by the Holy Quran that I will uphold the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“Politics apart, whenever we are made to swear by the Holy Quran, we have to be careful. We must make sure that we do not abuse the trust God has given us as leaders. I have seen former governors here, and I am looking forward to becoming a former President.”
In response to the government’s ongoing delay in signing the Electoral Act Amendment Bill, the largest opposition political party, the Peoples Democratic Party, said on Tuesday that the delay may be part of a strategy to extend the Buhari administration’s term.
“Less than a year to the 2023 general elections, President Buhari and the APC are at it again. Expectedly, the current anti-people scheme against the Electoral Act Amendment Bill by the APC administration is heightening apprehensions across the country of furtive plots by APC leaders to orchestrate a constitutional impasse that can railroad our democracy into an emergency tenure elongation, induced election postponement, self-succession or worst still an interim government situation.”
The piece of legislation will be signed by Buhari by noon on Friday, according to a presidential source who stated this on Wednesday.
The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said:
“All these anxieties will disappear by Friday afternoon. He will be signing the bill around noon of that day. I believe he has taken his time so that the Act can be as unassailable as possible.”