President Muhamadu Buhari could capitalise on the state of insecurity to extend his tenure, a legislative aide has warned.
Buhari’s tenure expires in 2023 but the attacks on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the general insecurity in the country could prove critical in keeping the president in power beyond his term.
This is according to Akinolye NG who is also a public affairs commentator.
“Those who have read about latest re-emergence of Babagana Kingibe and presidency’s release of today (civil war in the South-East) will see clearer all I’ve been saying about 2023 polls not likely to come,” Akinloye said.
“The possibility of constitutional extension of tenures of NASS and SHAs members, president and governors beyond 2023 is possible.
“INEC will request and the president will proclaim through gazette and we will be on to government of six months at a go and six months subsequent renewals until there’s conducive environment for transition,” he said.
Buhari, in a statement on Tuesday, threatened to unleash Nigeria’s military might on Igbo youths accused of attacking government installations in the South-East.
The president also recently appointed Kingibe as an envoy to the Chad basin region.
The appointment came as Nigerians prepare to mark June 12, a day remembered for the refusal of the military to allow democratically elected Moshood Abiola serve as president. Kingibe, who was Abiola’s running mate, is believed to have played a huge role in that “abortion of democracy”