- Afenifere has warned President Buhari against alleged third term bid
- The president had said that he would not seek the third term in office
- The group, however, noted that the hate speech bill currently before the Senate would infringe upon people's freedom of speech
President Muhammadu Buhari has been warned not to try the third term agenda being rumoured among Nigerians in the interest of the country and the sanctity of the constitution.
Premium Times reports that the warning was made on Tuesday, November 26, by the Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere.
Legit.ng gathered that the group also took a swipe at the Nigerian Senate for devoting its legislative time to debating the ‘hate speech bill’ which it described as a gag bill aimed at taking away the freedom of speech.
Speaking after its meeting in Akure, the group in a communique noted that the meeting took note of the rumoured plans to subvert the constitution of Nigeria to allow President Buhari to have a third term in office.
It said the agenda started with an APC senatorial candidate in Bauchi last year during a bye-election, declaring that he was coming to the Senate to work for a third term for Buhari.
“This was followed by the president who has a maximum of possible 8 years in office telling the country he was going to lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in ten years.
“To douse the tension the rumoured plot is generating, the president made a denial a few days ago which we took with a pinch of salt because it is not the first time politicians would pursue what they are denying in Nigeria swearing with Allah/God. We have not forgotten that General Buhari told this country in 2011 that he would do only one term if he became president.
“He is now on a second term. He also promised Nigerians in 2015 that he would not have the office of the First Lady as president. He was mute when the wife issued an order that she must be addressed as First Lady and he has gone ahead to appoint 6 aides for the office,” the communique read.
Afenifere said it observed that the reason given by the president for not thinking of a third term is the constitutional limit of two terms without talking about what he would do if that hindrance was removed.
“With the National Assembly in the pocket, the only hurdle left to change that provision would be two-thirds of Houses of Assembly and we have seen the president holding a meeting of 36 speakers.
“And shortly after this meeting, an APC member in Ebonyi state has approached a Federal High Court to compel the National Assembly to remove the constitutional impediments against third term for president and governors. Third term became part of the Nigerian lexicon after efforts to constitutionally pave the way for Olusegun Obasanjo to do a third term as president in 2007, failed," the group said.
On the hate speech bill, Afenifere said it was miffed that in the midst of all the challenges facing Nigerians, the Senate would be concerned with a law to hang people for exercising their freedom of speech and airing views those in power may not like.
“The attempt to take away the freedom of expression earned through the sweat and blood of patriots is not only wicked but portrays us as a barbaric polity that operates by tenets of the jungle,” the group added.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that following speculations about his political future, President Buhari denied reports that he was planning to seek a third term in office.
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