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Election of 2019

On 24 January 2018, former president Obasanjo wrote Buhari a letter accusing his government of nepotism while commending his war against corruption and lauding his achievements on Boko Haram. Obasanjo's letter also included an appeal to Buhari not to run for reelection in 2019 but to "join the stock of Nigerian leaders whose experience, influence, wisdom, and outreach can be deployed on the sideline for the good of the country".

During a national executive council meeting on April 9, 2018, Buhari declared his intention to seek a second term in office. This came after much speculation by political players and members of the public about whether he would run, especially considering his rather late timing. Reactions to his announcement were mixed, as many thought this put his integrity in question. Buhari said during the 2011 presidential campaign under the CPC banner that he would not seek reelection should he ever become president.

On 26 February 2019, Buhari was elected to a second term, defeating the People's Democratic Party nominee Atiku Abubakar.

INEC issued the certificate of return to Buhari and Osinbajo on February 27, 2019. On May 29, 2019, Buhari took his oath of office for a second term.

While the country commemorated Democracy Day on May 29, in remembrance of May 29, 1999, when democracy was restored after a long term of military rule, Buhari changed it to June 12 to remember MKO Abiola, who won the June 12, 1993 election. The maiden commemoration was on June 12, 2019. Buhari hosted the principal officers of the National Assembly to dinner at the statehouse on July 11, 2019.