Incumbent president and All Progressive Congress (APC) presidential candidate, President Muhammadu Buhari, has outrightly declared that the upcoming general elections, which has him facing off against over 70 presidential candidates on February 16th, will be his last.
Backstory: The president made this statement while addressing royal fathers who attended a closed door meeting with him, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
“A second term is what the constitution allows, and I will not abuse the constitution,” he said, according to a signed statement signed by the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the president, Garba Shehu.
Fifth and Final Time: Buhari ran for office for the first time in 2003 against military colleague, Olusegun Obasanjo, he also contested and lost once again to in 2007 to late President Umaru Musa Yar’dua.
Running again in 2011 against former President Goodluck Jonathan, Buhari lost, but finally gained power in 2015 after beating the incumbent, Goodluck Jonathan.
Security Challenges: Speaking on the current high level of insecurity in the country, the president, expressed disappointment that most cases of kidnapping involved close members of the victims.
“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.”
However, he maintained that progress had been made so far, 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.”
Bottom Line: It’s great to hear that the president is thinking far ahead to 2023. But his opponents like Atiku Abubakar are also working hard to ensure that he doesn’t get the second term.