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Resist Tenure Elongation, Obey Constitutional Provisions, Buhari Urges ECOWAS Leaders



President Muhammadu Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has urged his fellow Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) leaders to resist tenure elongation and respect the constitutional provisions of their various countries.

The President blamed tenure elongation as one of the causes of the crisis and political tension in the ECOWAS sub-region.

President Buhari stated this at the 57th ordinary session of the authority of heads of state and government in Niamey, Niger Republic on Monday.

“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,” the Presidency quoted the president to have said at the summit.

“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.

“I urge us all to resist the temptation of seeking to perpetuate ourselves in power beyond the constitutional provisions.” — President @MBuhari, addressing ECOWAS Heads of State and Government in Niamey, Niger Republic, today, September 7, 2020.”

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