On Sunday, President Buhari promised that the next presidential elections in 2019 would be the last ones he would contest.
In a meeting with the royal fathers in the government building, Buhari promised not to abuse the constitution, noting that he would stop contesting after the next elections.
He said the 2019 election would be the fifth time he would run for president after running in the 2003 to 2007 elections and running for president of the Nigerian People’s Party (ANPP) without success.
He joined the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) in 2011 and also failed. But when he joined APC in 2015, he won and took over the leadership of former president Goodluck Ebele Jonathan.
In a statement signed by his senior special assistant for media and public relations, Garba Shehu, the president called on traditional leaders to step up the ban on banditry and kidnapping in their communities, saying he was disappointed with the suffering of the population in the country. Near some of them were found a hand in such a crime.
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.
President Buhari said he was contesting this election as his fifth and the last, because as he noted, “a second term is what the constitution allows, and I will not abuse the constitution.