President Jonathan Proposes Single 6 Year Term


Nigeria’s President, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan on Tuesday indicated that he will be sending a bill to the National Assembly to elongate the tenure of office of the President and Governors from the present four years. As against the four year term elected officers currently enjoy, the bill proposers a single term for the President and Governors. Though no duration has been specified, Street Journal’s investigations revealed that it will be pegged at six years.
It has also been stated that if passed into law, President Jonathan’s tenure will not be affected as the amendment would only take effect from 2015
According to a statement issued by the President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, the proposed bill “is borne out of a patriotic zeal, after a painstaking study and belief that the constitutionally guaranteed two terms for Presidents and Governors is not helping the focus of governance and institutionalization of democracy at this stage of our development.”
It was also contained in the statement that the President is “concerned about the acrimony which the issue of re-election every four years generates both at Federal and state levels.”
It will be recalled that Dr. Jonathan became the substantive President after the demise of his predecessor, Umar Musa Yar Adua in May last year and he is currently serving a four year term after being elected last April.

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