Nigerians reject single tenure, new states, others

Nigerians have rejected single tenure of seven years for President, state creation and 20 other proposals, according to a report by the House of Representatives. The Constitution Amendment consultation report also shows that Nigerians do not want immunity for governors on criminal matters. They have asked the National Assembly to grant immunity to governors on civil cases. The report on the poll survey conducted by the House of Representatives Committee on Constitution Review, scheduled for presentation last week, was deferred at the last minute following tension over the outcome of the survey. Although there were allegations of doctoring, the House leadership yesterday said such insinuations were false and unfounded. The House said it only needed time to study the votes before consideration by the plenary. According to the report, 21 of the 43 proposals presented to Nigerians were accepted and 22 rejected. The proposals endorsed by Nigerians are autonomy for local governments; financial autonomy for Houses of Assembly; abolition of State Joint Accounts.


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