Eagle’s Sight News in a recent updates understands that the Presidency has said President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration does not subscribe to suggestions that it would need to extend its tenure beyond the May 29, 2023 by six months to establish peace and security.
There have been rumours on Buhari intention to stay longer in the office. Also there have been several news on call for Buhari Govt to hand over to an interim government.
Following this news, it has been noted that calls on the administration to hand over to an interim government at the expiration of its second tenure is also unacceptable as it would be violating the rights of Nigerians to choose those whom they want to lead them through a democratic process.
According to Nationonlinenews,the Presidency was reacting to two legal luminaries, Chief Robert Clarke (SAN) and Chief Afe Babalola, who in separate calls, expressed opinions suggesting that the administration should delay the upcoming general elections, extend its tenure by six months or constitute an Interim Government.
They both cited the national security crisis for their suggestions.
But a statement by Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, noted that the administration had already started and is succeeding at stabilising the nation’s security and hopes to complete the process before its signs out on May 29, 2023, emphasising the President Buhari would not violate the Constitution.
On call on the President to extend his stay in office by six months, the statement said: “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.
“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.