The Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, has said his principal us under pressure to change the Constitution and run for a third term.
Mr Shehu said this in an appearance on a Channels TV political magazine programme Monday evening.
He said, “In fact, from 2019, we have seen persuaders come before our very eyes and tell us that leaders should not go; that term limits are a nuisance and should be eliminated.”
He praised Buhari for turning down those requests, saying unlike the incumbent, his predecessors like Obasanjo and Yar’Adua wanted to hold unto power.
“We have seen people on death beds unwilling to go, and persuaders are saying ‘no, they will keep power until they go to the grave’,” the presidential spokesman added.
He failed to note however, that Umaru Musa Yar’Adua was sick more than half the time he was in office.
“But Buhari wants to make the point that ‘I am not here to stay a day beyond my term of office and be sure there’ll be an election’,” Mr Shehu added.