THE controversial single tenure debate is back. The senate committee on constitution review has recommended a non-renewable single term of six years for the president and the governors starting from 2015. This proposal has continued to receive mixed reactions from Nigerians. Those in favour argue that the proposal would give elected officers enough time to perform and pave the way for good governance, while those against it believe the single tenure system was counter-productive and would raise the level of corruption in the country. Below are what some Nigerians think about the proposal.
Peter Eze, Politician: Is that the problem of the day? Good governance is our problem. Our leaders are wicked and selfish. Our politicians need to repent from their wicked ways and provide social amenities like water, electricity, good roads, schools, employments for our graduates and well equipped hospitals. This is what we need not a six-year single term.
Titus Ugwoke, Administrator: Six years for the president and the governors is bad for our democracy. As long as these politicians know they have six years to serve, their mind set would be to look for avenues to steal and ruin the entire country, and make their successors ineffective. We need to enforce our laws before we can start practicing this system of government.
Christopher Okoro, Politician: This suggestion of six years from Jonathan should be trashed into the waste bin. All these controversial and uncivilised suggestions are turning Nigeria into a laughing stock within the comity of nations. We need to enact laws that would uplift the wellbeing of Nigerians.
Ogochukwu Divine, Accountant: The proposal is a welcome development. I have said this different times that part of what can reduce tension in our political system is to have a single tenure of six years or five years. This proposal would make way for good governance in the country.
John Ani, Banker: Nigeria is the most unlucky nation in terms leadership. Nothing is good in this except to perpetually subject the nation to under-development. As such, every supporter of this evil is an enemy to a strong and successful Nigeria. Political officers steal the nation dry and leave only the crumbs of the cake for the people, with the hope of being re-elected to public offices. So, we are still better off with four years of two terms.
Moses Diugwu, Civil Servant: I’m in support of it because the proposal would eradicate the attitude of elective officeholders wanting a third term. An elected office holder works for only two years because the first year is used to settle down and put his government in order. By the time that is done, the man has only two years to work and by the third year, he is already preparing for re-election. So, the six-year single term is better as it gives others the opportunity to also serve.
Compiled by Anayo Ezugwu
— May 20, 2013 @ 01:00 GMT