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Single tenure, solution to Nigeria problem.

SIX YEARS SINGLE TENURE – NIGERIA SOLUTION

Single tenure, solution to Nigeria problem.

OVERVIEW

Single tenure  rotational system  of government should be adopted in Nigeria. In Nigeria, Northern and  Southern  protectorate were  amalgamated in 1914. This was followed by the Nigerian independence in 1960. Since then,  peace, unity and stability of the country have  been elusive.

This  has been a  topic of discussion everywhere in Nigeria. Raising  fear of the actualization of  America’s predictions that “Come 2015 , Nigeria will cease to appear in  world map”.  Why this fear?  This is because, Nigeria has over 350 ethnic groups. With this number of ethnic groups, Nigeria is  insincere to its unity in diversity and  as a united country. Mail Online:

 

TRUST VERSUS MISTRUST AMONG NIGERIANS

Avalanche of skepticism and criticism have continued to trail most of the views, ideas or proposals on national issues. These are based on ethnic sentiments and  not from a rational or constructive view points. Every tribe is suspicious of the other. This is very unfortunate.  Many still consider Nigeria as late Obafemi Awolowo once described it. Awolowo saw Nigeria  as “A mere geographical expression which does not possess the characteristics of a nation”. To many,  Nigeria is a nation built on falsehood and faulty foundation with no tribal love and trust.

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PROLIFERATION OF MILITIA

This bad situation in Nigeria  has led to the proliferation of ethnic militia. However, each ethnic militia is agitating and clamouring for either protection or for the chunk of the natural resources. Nevertheless, some seek a forceful imposition of their religion on those they describe as infidels. However,  others fight for marginalization, oppression and relegation as second class or third class citizens. These militias  include OPC, MEND, MOSSOP, IPOB, BOKO HARAM,  EGBESU BOYS, MASSOB, AVENGERS,  FULANI HERDSMEN, ETC.

This is not the way forward for  Nigeria. Nigerians  should retreat, rethink,  be sincere to themselves  and come out with positive ideas for the good of this country. And  for the interest of the  future generation.

 

THE COMMON GOAL

Beside, elites, policy makers, lawmakers, and well  meaning citizens should rise for this goal. They should  be upright, courageous and come to terms with their conscience and the  need of time.  Nigeria should remove  tribal sentiments and adopt a system capable of inculcating the spirit of oneness. A system that will bring  togetherness  and true Nigerianinism in all and sundry. A system that will give  every zone an equal opportunity at the leadership of this country.

CONFERENCE FOR SIX YEARS   SINGLE TENURE AND ROTATIONAL GOVERNMENT

Because of the above reasons, single term and rotational presidency should be adopted in Nigeria.  This single tenure should  lasts for only  six years. This same system should also be used at the  State and Local Government  levels.

It is  unfortunate that our leaders for selfish reasons  fight against meaningful proposals. These good proposals are  aimed at removing  dominance of a particular group over others. Until and unless these positive changes are used, Nigeria stands the risk of  turning into Somalia, Sudan or Afghanistan.

DOMINANCE SHOULD BE REMOVED

The dominance of power by a particular bloc no doubt, is instrumental to tirades of agitation in this country.  Corruption, disunity,  marginalization, unpatriotism, disloyalty and lack of faith in Nigeria  all have their roots in this dominance.

 

ROOT OF PROBLEM IN NIGERIA

The root of  Nigeria problems is the  inability of the federal units to hold  a  true national conference. In the  conference,  vital issues concerning the existence of this nation should be discussed. Six years  single tenure  of rotational system of government should be adopted at the  conference. The sense of belonging in the  citizens irrespective of tribe or ethnic group should be made constitutional. Single  single tenure  of six years should be adopted and made constitutional.  Also, the rotational clause should be inserted into  the constitution.

 

BENEFITS OF SIX YEARS SINGLE TENURE  ROTATIONAL GOVERNMENT

Nevertheless, there  is no alternative to six years single and rotational system of government. Most importantly, this  principle  is the only way to bring unity and stability to Nigeria. Besides, it will make Nigeria a nation where everyone will be prepared to lay down his life for its survival.  Above all, this will give an opportunity to strive to build a true peaceful and unified nation. And a nation  capable of making life worth living. A nation ready to confront common enemy and other challenges which will result in  prosperity and national progress. Only enemies of this country who feel that power is theirs are afraid of this meaningful gesture. Nigeria should adopt this democratic principle that  ensures equitable power sharing formula.

 

MORE BENEFITS

With the six years single tenure  and rotational system, acrimony, chaos, suspicion, ill-feelings will all be a thing of the past.  Monopoly of power will  no longer be for any tribe. Imbalance and reckless manipulation of distribution and allocation of resources will be curtailed.  All the  six geopolitical zones in Nigeria and State zones will get a shot at the  presidency and governorship respectively.

Six years single term of rotational  government will prepare the minds of the leaders. Making the leader  to concentrate and work assiduously within the six years period. True allegiance to Nigeria will be felt in all corners of the nation.  Marginalization, insecurity, oppression , ethnic militia and lack of faith in Nigeria will all disappear.  This principle, if put in the constitution will remove  the tendency of Nigeria to be like Somalia, Sudan and  Afghanistan.

 

CONCLUSION

Six years single and rotational term is also good for political health of this  country. It will guarantee peace, equity, freedom and  justice to all. Anything short of this will mean recycling violence, hatred,underdevelopment, insecurity and lack of faith in Nigeria.

Source: Ali Achilonu writes from Owerri.

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