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Nigerians Should Be Grateful to Buhari for Rejecting 3rd Term Bid – Babangida Aliyu

Valentine Chinyem

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Former governor of Niger State, Muazu Babangida Aliyu, has said that Nigerians ought to be grateful to President Muhammadu Buhari for rejecting the idea of a third term in office.

Aliyu said this on Saturday, while representing former military head of state, General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida, at the finals of the 34th edition of the Niger State Quranic recitation, held at the emirs palace ground in Minna, the Niger state capital.

According to him, the openly declaring that he has no intention of running for president for a third term, President Buhari has removed a lot of tension within the system.

President Buhari had sworn by the Holy Quran not to seek a third term in office, during the National Executive Council meeting of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Also, Buhari promised to respect Nigeria’s constitution, and further asked the party to begin search for a successor in 15 months time.

Aliyu described the declaration as “heart warming” adding that “it will bring stability and peace to the polity”.

He condemned all those who were fanning embers of discord and animosity between him and the state government saying “some of these people come to have dinner with me, they record our conversations and go back to play it to the government to seek favour.”

Aliyu also used the opportunity to encourage Muslim faithful, to support the education of their girl child, in both western and Islamic education, noting that, it has been proven that the girl child plays vital role in the family and the society.