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Throwback: How Obasanjo's Failed Third Term Agenda Could Have Benefitted Buhari & Nigerians

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo is a famous elite who served as Nigeria's president from 1999 to 2007. He was the first President to serve two complete tenures since the inception of democracy in Nigeria, while president Buhari's administration is hoped to second him in that record.

However, it is noteworthy that one major agenda in Obasanjo's regime that Nigerians will never forget is the failed "Third Term Agenda" that he fought for. The Third Term Agenda was an administrative plan mapped out by Obasanjo to amend the Nigerian constitution in such a way that will allow a sitting president that has completed two tenures to go ahead for a third term.

Notably, at the time when this was talked about, Obasanjo was getting to the end of his second tenure, so he had to work towards getting an opportunity to continue in the next term. Although, the agenda failed, but it truly could have been an advantage to President Buhari and Nigerians at this time.

How the failed Third term agenda could have been an advantage to President Buhari & Nigerians at large:

PROVISION OF ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY IN 2023

If the Third Term Agenda was successful at the time of Obasanjo, it could have expressly given President Buhari the opportunity to contest in 2023. Considering how much the present administration has worked for Nigerians in the midst of economic and security challenges that were faced by the administration, 2023 could have been an opportunity for Nigerians to retain the current administration.

PROVISION OF ENOUGH TIME INTERVAL TO FULFILL PROMISED AGENDA

Obasanjo's third term agenda could have given Buhari the potential opportunity to fulfill all his promised agenda including the building of infrastructures across the country. It has not been forgotten that President Buhari made loan requests in the UK to aid his dream of building infrastructures across the country. If the Third Term Agenda was a success, he could have had ample time to fulfill his aims for Nigeria and Nigerians would have benefitted more.

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