At least three newspapers and most online media quoted President Muhammadu Buhari’s admonition to his party during the last All Progressives Congress (APC) National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting as suggesting that he could henceforth afford to be reckless since he would not be seeking a third term. Other newspapers, this newspaper included, quoted him as saying he could not afford to be reckless. It is not clear who was right, or whether the president’s elocutionary difficulties were responsible for what many thought was a gaffe.
Here is how this newspaper, in one breath, quoted him from his November 22, 2019 statement to his party’s NEC: “I’m not going to make the mistake of attempting a third term. Besides age, I swore by the holy book that I would go by the constitution, and the constitution said two terms. I know that I’m in my last term and I cannot afford to be reckless because I’m not going to ask for anybody’s vote.”
On the other hand,…