Li­man Musa, 29, Ap­pli­cant, Abuja

Weekly Trust - - Voxpop -

Giv­ing pres­i­dents and gov­er­nors six-year sin­gle terms in of­fice would be a wel­come change. The four years we have do not yield pos­i­tive re­sults from the fed­eral to the state level since the re­birth of democ­racy in 1999. This is be­cause the essence of democ­racy in any given nation or ge­o­graph­i­cal en­tity is to re­vi­tal­ize the liv­ing stan­dard of its peo­ple in the area of cul­ture, health, ed­u­ca­tion, em­ploy­ment, se­cu­rity, and so on.

Nige­ri­ans as cit­i­zens of a demo­cratic nation are yet to achieve the aim of democ­racy to its max­i­mum, due to self­ish and un­pa­tri­otic in­ter­ests of politi­cians within the cor­ri­dors of power. There­fore, the six-year sin­gle term is seen as a tool or mech­a­nism that would re­struc­ture Nige­ria’s po­lit­i­cal and demo­cratic sys­tem­iza­tion. Nige­ria as a fed­eral repub­lic needs to re­form its con­sti­tu­tion on this very sub­ject mat­ter in or­der to guar­an­tee the six-year sin­gle term of of­fice. If achieved, it will help to over­come is­sues of chief ex­ec­u­tives strug­gling and con­cen­trat­ing on plan­ning to come back to of­fice us­ing the re­sources and in­stru­ments of state.

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