President Bola Tinubu has commended President Macky Sall of Senegal for choosing not to pursue a third term in office after his current tenure ends. Recent protests had erupted in Senegal amid speculation about President Sall’s potential bid for a third term as he nears the completion of his second term, which is set to conclude in 2024.
In a public address on Monday, President Sall assured the people of Senegal, a nation known for its stability and democratic governance, that he would not be a candidate in the presidential election scheduled for February 25, 2024.
President Tinubu expressed his appreciation for President Sall’s decision, emphasizing that it demonstrates the Senegalese leader’s prioritization of his country’s interests, as well as the peace and stability of the entire West African region, over his personal ambitions. The Nigerian leader praised President Sall’s choice and expressed confidence that history will judge him favorably.
“It has brought great joy and relief. As a Democrat, I must commend my brother for his statesmanship.
“With this singular decision, President Sall chose the stability, security, and economic well-being of his people over and above narrow personal interest.
“The impact of this important decision will be felt beyond the shores and borders of Senegal and across our West African sub-region.
“President Sall has demonstrated that leadership is about serving the people honorably and quitting the stage when the constitutionally-stipulated time is up.
“By his example, democracy and respect for people power will take stronger roots in Africa and will continue to flourish.”