Ramatu Usman, a delegate at the National Conference has suggested that the Office of the First Spouse should be included in the Nigerian Constitution. While speaking at the Thursday’s session, Usman said she aspires to be the President and does not want her husband to be idle. As such, she advocated for the inclusion of the Office of the First Spouse in the Constitution.
Speaking further, she disclosed that as the Chairman of her Local Government in Nassarawa State, an office of the First Man was created for her husband and the people were happy.
Meanwhile, a delegate from Kano State, Professor Awwal Yadudu said the potential outcome of the conference belongs to the public. In his opinion, many would not have been at the conference if they had to be elected. He said “being selected, we cannot claim to restructure Nigeria with finality”. He went further to say the President himself is a product of Nigeria’s flawed electoral system. Like many of his colleagues, Professor Yadudu expressed his belief that the 1963 Constitution should be adopted in full.
Yaro Mohammed, another delegate who represents the former Speakers opined that some of the problems facing Nigeria can be traced to lack of good governance. He said though the legislature is the symbol of democracy, but alongside the Judiciary it lacks the independence to operate effectively. He therefore advocated for a complete independence for the three arms of government at all levels as well as the removal of the immunity clause from the constitution.
Dr Haruna Yerima from Borno State ruffled some feathers with his speech when he said Borno State has been ignored completely by the government while he also accused the Borno state government of completely destroying the education sector in the state between 2003 and 2011. Speaking further, Dr Yerima said the former Governor of his state once said he does not care about what the media write about his administration because, over 50% of the people from the state cannot read. He said right now the governor has four private jets, including one bought at N11 billion recently.
Yerima closed his speech on a note of prayer; he said “all those who stole our money and built mansions, let thunder, fire and earthquake destroy those houses. As for those who stole our money and took it abroad, let God touch their heart so that they can bring back this money to improve our people’s livelihood”.
While refusing to endorse the President’s speech, Khalid Yusuf from Yobe state said it was unfortunate that the president failed to mention the state of emergency in the north east or the insecurity in the area.
“Schools are closed, students are killed, and everybody is talking about unity, how can we get unity when people continue to be killed and not even a mention from the powers that be?”he queried.