Northern Elders Reject Single Term Tenure for President, Governors

The Northern Elders’ Forum (NEF), Monday rejected the proposed constitutional amendment by the Senate Constitution Review Committee that would provide for a single term of six years for the president and state governors. According to the Secretary of the NEF, Prof. Ango Abdullahi, “We in the north remain stoutly opposed to the proposal and will never support it because it is a double-edged sword that can make a tyrannical President to continuously oppress the defenceless citizenry without any remedy. Abdullahi stated: “If you have a bad president, who does not believe in the welfare and progress of the nation it means that the people would have no way of asking him to step aside until the end of gruesome six-year tenure. “The people of the north are comfortable with the current provision of four-year renewable tenure based on performance and acceptance of the electorate so that a non-performing president can be voted out after the first tenure.” Abdullahi therefore, urged the lawmakers to discontinue the proposal, asking them to work on more beneficial laws to tackle rising corruption and security challenges in the country.


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