- Alhaji Atiku Abubakar is not happy that the six-year single term proposal was rejected by the House of Representatives
- Atiku said he is disappointed by the fact that the lawmakers have thrown away the baby with the bathwater at the expense of the larger interest of the country
- The former vice president said it is not how long a man spends in the office, but how well he is adequately prepared for the job
Former vice president, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has expressed displeasure with the speed with which the six-year single term proposal was rejected by the House of Representatives recently
Reacting to the rejection of the bill by the House in a statement sent to his media adviser, Paul Ibe on Monday, December 17, Atiku said he is disappointed by the action of the lower house.
He likened the action of the lawmakers to throwing away the baby with the bathwater, “at the expense of the larger interest of the country.”
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According to Atiku, the six-year single term would have ended untoward practices in Nigeria's electoral processes.
He opined that the desperation for a second term by incumbents makes free and fair elections impossible especially as they have access to public funds, unlike their opponents.
He noted that “six-year single term would remove such desperation and enable the incumbents to concentrate on the job for which they were elected in the first place.”
“I don't agree with the logic that eight years would give elected leaders a better opportunity to fulfil their campaign promises. An inherently incompetent incumbent will perform below average even if you give him/her 20 years in office or give him or her $20 billion dollars,” Atiku stressed.
According to him, it is not how long a man spends in the office, but how well he is adequately prepared for the job.
Meanwhile, Atiku has warned that endless borrowing by the Nigerian government will lead to endless sorrowing if not addressed.
He said the situation is frightening, “not just because of the amount, but because after such unprecedented borrowing,” adding that “we have emerged as the world headquarters for extreme poverty and the global capital for out of school children.”
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