- President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday, September 7, addressed other African leaders at the ongoing 57th ECOWAS summit
- The summit is holding in Niamey, capital of Niger Republic
- Buhari urged his colleagues to resist the temptation of elongating their tenure beyond constitutional provisions
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President Muhammadu Buhari has urged all African leaders against staying in office beyond their constitutional provisions.
Legit.ng reports that the president made the plea on Monday, September 7, at the ongoing 57th ECOWAS summit holding in Niamey, capital of Niger Republic.
In a thread of tweets, the presidency said that Buhari said it is important that leaders of individual member-states of ECOWAS need to adhere to the constitutional provisions of our countries, particularly on term limits
“It is important that as leaders of our individual member-states of ECOWAS, we need to adhere to the constitutional provisions of our countries, particularly on term limits. This is one area that generates crisis and political tension in our sub-region.
“As it is, the challenges facing the sub-region are enormous; from socio-economic matters to security issues, the ECOWAS sub-region cannot, therefore, afford another political crisis, in the guise of tenure elongation," the presidency tweeted.
The president also urged other African leaders to resist the temptation of seeking to perpetuate ourselves in power beyond the constitutional provisions
He said: "I urge us all to resist the temptation of seeking to perpetuate ourselves in power beyond the constitutional provisions.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that President Muhammadu Buhari traveled to Niamey, Niger Republic on Monday, September 7, to participate in the 57th ordinary session of the ECOWAS authority of heads of state and government.
It was reported that Malam Garba Shehu, said the one-day summit would deliberate on the special report on COVID-19 to be presented by President Buhari.
Buhari was appointed the ECOWAS champion on the fight against COVID-19 during the extraordinary virtual summit of ECOWAS on April 23.
In another report, President Buhari gave the military junta in Mali a period of not more than one year to return the nation to a democratic government.
During a virtual meeting attended by heads of states of ECOWAS, the Nigerian leader said that the coup plotters should also release all other government officials in detention without condition.
He made it clear that this will be best for the West African nation as it cannot stand alone following the sanction on it from the sub-regional organisation.
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