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Buhari is a democrat, he has no third-term agenda – Presidency

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The Presidency has disowned a support group’s commentary advocating for a constitutional amendment to give room for presidential third term limit to enable President Muhammadu Buhari to extend his tenure beyond 2023.

A statement by the President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, late Tuesday night in Abuja, said no circumstances that would warrant the president to seek a third term in office.

The statement read in part:

“The Presidency wishes to correct internet-based gossip and un-informed media commentary regarding presidential term limits, given credence by so-called support groups, staging street demonstrations asking President Muhammadu Buhari to do a third term.

“There are no circumstances – nor set of circumstances – under which President Buhari may seek to amend the Constitution regarding the two-term term limit on holding office as President.”

According to the presidential aide, Buhari intends to serve his full second elected term in office, ending 2023 – and then there shall be a general election in which he will not be a candidate.

“There is not even the faintest possibility that this will change.

“It is important to note that there was a past attempt to change the Constitution to allow for the-then incumbent president to stand for a third term. That attempt was wrong, unconstitutional – and rightly rebuffed.”

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Shehu insisted that no such attempt would happen under the Buhari administration.

President Buhari is a democrat. He respects the Constitution. Any activity aimed at altering the two-term limit will not succeed and shall never have his time nor support,” he added.

 

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JUST IN: Nigeria records 350 new COVID-19 cases, total now 11,516

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Confirmed cases of coronavirus have increased to 11,516 in Nigeria.

This is after the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control announced 350 new cases of COVID-19 in the country.

The NCDC made the announcement via its Twitter handle on Thursday.

It said, “On the 4th of June 2020, 350 new confirmed cases and 8 deaths were recorded in Nigeria.

“No new state has reported a case in the last 24 hours.

“To date, 11516 cases have been confirmed, 3535 cases have been discharged and 323 deaths have been recorded in 35 states and the Federal Capital Territory.

The 350 new cases are reported from 20 states- Lagos (102), Ogun (34), FCT (29), Borno (26), Kaduna (23), Rivers (21), Kwara (16), Ebonyi (17), Katsina (14), Edo (10), Delta (10), Kano (10), Bauchi (10), Bayelsa (9), Imo (8), Plateau (4), Ondo (3), Nasarawa (2), Gombe (1), Oyo (1).”

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COVID-19: Lagos discharges 15 males, nine females

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15 males, nine females undergoing treatment for coronavirus at isolation centers in Lagos State have been discharged.

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu made this known in a statement on Thursday.

He said the patients were discharged after testing negative twice for the virus.

According to reports, a total of 952 patients have been discharged from Lagos isolation centers.

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Sanwo-Olu said, “Good people of Lagos State, today (Thursday), 24 more COVID-19 patients fully recovered.

“Fifteen males and nine females –all Nigerians were discharged from the Onikan, Gbagada, Agidingbi, and Lagos University Teaching Hospital isolation facilities to reunite with society.

”The patients, four from Onikan, one from Gbagada, one from Agidingbi and 18 from LUTH isolation centers were discharged having fully recovered and tested negative to COVID-19.

”With this, the number of COVID-19 confirmed cases that have been successfully managed and discharged in Lagos State has risen to 952.”

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JUST IN: Many feared killed in Kogi bank robbery attack

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An unspecified number of people were said to have been shot dead in a bank robbery attack in Isanlu, Kogi State, on Thursday.

A source, who spoke with reporters, said that the robbers stormed the bank a few minutes after closing hour, shooting sporadically and killing many customers and staff in the process.

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The robbers were said to have succeeded in the operation and carted away a huge amount of money.

Details of the attack are still sketchy as at the time of this report.

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