President Muhammadu Buhari is asking leaders in West Africa to stop elongating their tenure in office. He says it is becoming a source of trouble.
According to a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, Buhari made the call while presenting Nigeria’s General Statement at the 57th Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS Heads of State and Government in Niger Republic.
“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.”
Buhari noted that free, fair and credible elections is the bedrock for democracy and urged his colleagues to respect constitutional provisions and ensure free and fair elections.
“Related to this call for restraint is the need to guarantee free, fair and credible elections. This must be the bedrock for democracy to be sustained in our sub-region, just as the need for adherence to the rule of law”.
Recall that President Buhari was appointed as ECOWAS Champion on the Fight against COVID-19 at the Extraordinary Virtual Summit of ECOWAS on April 23.