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9/08/2017

Nigerian minister warns Buhari not to seek second term


Nigeria’s Minister of Women Affairs Alhassan Aisha Alhassan has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to keep his promise of ruling for only one term, saying she would resign if he sought another mandate in 2019.

The comments by the minister could heighten uncertainty over whether Buhari plans to contest the next election.

The 74-year-old took power in 2015, but has been absent for the better part of 2017 due to an unspecified illness. He has been away on medical for more than five months combined, to seek medical treatment in London.

The president’s health concerns have elicited various reactions from Nigerians, some even calling upon him to resign while he was still in London.

“In 2014/2015 he said he was going to run for only one time to clean up the mess that the (previous) PDP government did in Nigeria. And I took him for his word that he is not contesting in 2019,” Reuters quotes Minister of Women Affairs Alhassan to say.

The Reuters report says that the minister vowed to support former vice president Atiku Abubakar in the event that Buhari sought re-election.

There has not been any reaction from the president’s office to the minister’s comments

Upon returning to Nigeria after spending more than 100 days in the UK, President Buhari called for unity in the West African nation.

In a televised speech, the president called upon all Nigerians to come together.

“Nigeria’s unity is settled and not negotiable,” he said. “We shall not allow irresponsible elements to start trouble.”

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