"I Fully Support 6-Year Single Term President Tenure" — Prof Aminu

"I Fully Support 6-Year Single Term President Tenure" — Prof Aminu

Prof. Jibril Aminu, a member of Board of Trustees (BOT) of Peoples' Democratic Party (PDP), has expressed his support of a single-term six-year tenure for the President and governors, as proposed in the ongoing process to amend the Constitution.

Prof. Aminu told newsmen in Yola that the single term tenure, if adopted, would be 'one of the best things to happen' to the nation's democracy.

"I am fully in support of it. For me, you can do whatever you want to do in six years and there will be no rancour. You will not waste time looking for second term, there will be more time for work. I believe it will be the best thing that can happen", Prof. Aminu declared and continued, "We should avoid the business of second term because it is even worse than third term. If you elect somebody as governor the moment he takes oath of office he starts to think of what to do to get second term. He makes friends and enemies based on that, When leaving office he tries to install his successor by getting what the military calls covering fire so that all he did will be covered by a faithful friend taking over from him."

The politician further urged to remove the immunity clause and the need for a tough provision to contain the abuse of public funds by office holders.

"If we amend the constitution and do not remove the immunity clause we have done nothing, so also if we fail to provide provision which will check the abuse of public fund by public officers", he suggested.

Prof. Aminu also observed that the issue of immunity and corruption were so fundamental that action needed to be taken if the nation must make any progress.

On the crisis rocking Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF), Aminu blame Nigerians for making the forum relevant.

"We have the uncanny ability to waste time on nothing. We allow them to be so important. if we give them importance they will continue to be important.There is no reason why the country should be held to ransom or be shaken by a group of Governors," Prof. Aminu said.

The PDP BOT member who criticized governors for "destroying Local Government system" said Nigerians should take the blame for allowing the governors to do that.

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