President Bola Tinubu has voiced his approval of Macky Sall’s decision to step down from his position as president of Senegal at the conclusion of his current term and not run for reelection.
In a statement that was released on Friday in Abuja, Mr. Dele Alake, Presidential Adviser for Special Duties, Communications and Strategy, provided this information.
In the past several weeks, there have been demonstrations in Senegal in response to rumors that President Sall intends to run for a third term in office following the conclusion of his second term in office in 2024.
Senegal is often regarded as having the most reliable democratic system in all of Africa.
In an effort to defuse the situation, Sall announced on Monday that he will withdraw his candidacy for the presidential election in his country scheduled to take place on February 25, 2024.
Tinubu stated that Sall’s choice was not just in the best interest of his country but also in the best interest of the peace and stability of the West African region.
He found it quite heartening that the President of Senegal had made the decision to adhere to the constitutional limits of office and not offer himself for reelection for a third term in office.
“It has provided a great deal of happiness as well as relaxation. As a Democrat, I feel obligated to applaud my brother for the statesmanship he has displayed.
“By making this solitary decision, President Sall prioritized the safety, prosperity, and stability of his nation’s people over his own self-serving interests,”
Beyond the coasts and boundaries of Senegal, and throughout our West African sub-region, the effects of this significant decision will be felt across the board.
According to Tinubu, Sall has proved that leadership is about serving the people in an honorable manner and stepping down from the stage when the time that is specified by the constitution has passed.
“By following in his footsteps, democracy and respect for the power of the people will continue to thrive across Africa and take deeper roots.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Sall, 61, has been in power since 2012 and won reelection in 2019.
The constitution of Senegal was revised in 2016, but it still only allows a president to serve a total of two terms in office.
However, his supporters maintained that his first term, which occurred before the constitutional amendment, does not count. This was a contention that was challenged by his opponents.
“My decision is not to be a candidate in the presidential election even though the constitution gives me the right to do so,” Sall said, despite the fact that the constitution grants him the right to run for president.