Former Nigerian President, Dr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has said that constitutional four years time frame for a president to rule is too short for a leader that wants to bring a change in a developing country.
Jonathan who noted that the term is too short for a president to perform said “Four years is quite a short period for a country that is developing, for a person who wants to change the country to do much.”
The former president spoke at the constitutional term limits summit in Niamey, Niger Republic, today.
He equally expressed his displeasure at those spend up to fourteen years, while questioning what the person would be doing in the office.
His words “When Professor Wade (Senegal) was in his last tenure he changed the constitution and extended the term limits from five to seven years. He thought he would win the election. But Macky Sall reduced it to five years. We must commend dynamic leaders like that.
“There is no need for one person to sit for 14, years doing what? The country is not your personal estate. Countries are free to amend their laws. Just like the president of Niger Republic said, different nations have different ways of doing things, so it is better they have their own way of doing things. I agree to that.
“Most countries in Africa emulate America – that is a stable country, and take “four, four years” like Nigeria, Kenya and Ghana.
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“Four years is quite a short period for a country that is developing for a person who wants to change the country to do much. In Nigeria we just finished the election and some people are already talking about 2023 election. It is distracting.
“That is why some people come with the idea of a single tenure; so a president can sit down and plan all his programmes for the good of the country. We are too distracted with these elections. Why must we waste money every four years to elect a leader? Those are the things that agitate our minds.”
Recall that Presidency yesterday debunked the rumour making rounds that President Muhammadu Buhari would return for a third term.
A statement from the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, stated that, “President Buhari is a democrat. He respects the constitution. Any activity aimed at altering the two-term limit will not succeed and shall never have his time nor support.”