The Single-Term Distraction


StandPoint

The Single-Term Distraction


August 2, 2011

As has become customary, the Nigerian polity is again heated with matters far removed from the acute developmental challenges facing the country. NVS Standpoint unequivocally rejects President Jonathan's ill-timed and ill-thought attempt to impose a constitutional amendment of tenureship on the country.

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Without trying to pontificate, NVS Standpoint questions why President Jonathan believes this to be the most appropriate time to push for a single six-year term for the president. All of the energy being expended in denials and counter denials of his motive would have been better spent strategizing on how to tackle the dismal security situation in which the country is trapped. All of the time, invested in meetings, drafting speeches, issuing press releases and convincing "stakeholders" would have been used to develop a blueprint for moving the national economy from its stagnant position.

The National Assembly has more serious legislative concerns facing it at this time than to be pre-occupied with a matter as weighty as a divisive and irrelevant constitutional amendments. The Nigerian people are suffering heavily under the burden of uncaring leadership; President Goodluck was seen by some as a breath of fresh air, but from emerging indications, the Jonathan Years may simply be business as usual. In our view, that would be a historic tragedy that must be avoided.

We therefore call on President Jonathan to focus on the immediate challenge before him: how to lift the masses of our people from poverty, insecurity and cynicism. Unlike a constitutional amendment, this challenge cannot wait.



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Re: The Single-Term Distraction
Patcho posted on 08-02-2011, 07:10:38 AM
Where is "The Standpoint" view of Islamic Banking. its constitutionality and timeliness?

I read above that its "hogwash" to opine that multi-faeted programs shouldn't go on same time. I agree.
Re: The Single-Term Distraction
IZONERE posted on 08-02-2011, 07:38:05 AM
I don't understand if people are scared of debating the merits and demerits of this issue instead of trying to just wish it away. Government does not work on only one thing at a time. I'm not convinced that the reasons given for wanting a single term are enough for such a drastic solution but discussing it should be seen as our collective commitment to electoral reform. If at the end, the people agree that no oh, this thing will not work, then we move on. That's what mature countries do.
Re: The Single-Term Distraction
Denker posted on 08-02-2011, 08:32:20 AM
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I don't understand if people are scared of debating the merits and demerits of this issue instead of trying to just wish it away. Government does not work on only one thing at a time. I'm not convinced that the reasons given for wanting a single term are enough for such a drastic solution but discussing it should be seen as our collective commitment to electoral reform. If at the end, the people agree that no oh, this thing will not work, then we move on. That's what mature countries do.


lady, wats push ya think say ya be mature lady?...tell us..i dey wait...lol!
Re: The Single-Term Distraction
Ariteni posted on 08-02-2011, 08:52:43 AM
NVS goofed! My highly enlightened Bros/Sisters, Mikky Jaga, Denker, Patcho, Izonere etc have said it all. I gratefully concur and have nothing to add save to advice NVS to take legal advice from Constitutional Lawyers before jumping into the fray next time. For emphasis, the President is right, the presentation is timely and if passed the amendment would enure to the greater good of Nigerians.

For greater emphasis and because some nigerians distrust and preach distrust of any other Nigerian in power: Dr Jonathan's Presidency is terminal and this is just one of the sticks he is putting into the fire simultaneously. Poor job by the Presidential spokesmen!
Re: The Single-Term Distraction
Wind posted on 08-02-2011, 09:01:07 AM
I don't know when you guys think is the best time to discuss single tenure. When is the best time? towards the end of his tenure or middle? Then he would really be accused of harboring a third term agenda.

There is no better time than at the beginning of his term which is now, to propose that. As per being distracted? I don't think so. One should be able to walk and chew gum at the same time (ask obama he said it).
Re: The Single-Term Distraction
Denker posted on 08-02-2011, 09:06:05 AM
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I don't know when you guys think is the best time to discuss single tenure. When is the best time? towards the end of his tenure or middle? Then he would really be accused of harboring a third term agenda.

There is no better time than at the beginning of his term which is now, to propose that. As per being distracted? I don't think so. One should be able to walk and chew gum at the same time (ask obama he said it).


Re: The Single-Term Distraction
Chudiokeke2001 posted on 08-02-2011, 10:16:44 AM
Lets assume that Jonathan is sincere about not running in 2015.And that "God" wont tell him to run.

What guarantees do we have that future governments wouldn't want to go back to the two 4-year terms. It doesn't do any good to our polity if we are to keep changing these laws back and forth as they can easily put our political stability in jeopardy.

I think government should find ways to cut the trillions they spend in political conventions
Re: The Single-Term Distraction
Papadonkee posted on 08-02-2011, 11:42:29 AM
NVS Editors are a collection of populist, spineless, cowards! Where were you when Sanusi was "heating up the polity"? That wasn't inflammatory or divisive enough, abi? Or religion is taboo? When Sanusi was turning the CBN into his private Mecca, una no see the threat to our continued existence; not even when the Supreme Islamic Sharia Council threatened war?

Jokers, the lot of you! Intact, remain small I for call una yellow-bastards.

PDP!!!

At least have the decency to form an opinion. For or against, I don't care. And if there an NVS editors minority report, please 'leak' it to the Village. For your own honour and integrity. Someone should grow a pair.
Re: The Single-Term Distraction
Agensheku posted on 08-02-2011, 11:47:16 AM
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Precisely what GEJ wants, DISTRACTION!!! It is better to spend time arguing over tenure elongation than the potentially divisive Islamic banking and the Boko Haram menace! Bombs are still booming in Borno State, but that is no longer the headline news. And that gives the security people opportunity to seek for solution without the distraction of threats to the unity of their Nation.


That he creates deliberate diversion does not mean that GEJ has found solutions to the multi-faceted problems challenging his managerial competence. As time goes on,he would see that a farmer who because he wished to catch a fat rat sets his barn a-fire only has himself to blame.

Since we pretend to be practising the American Presidential system,how would Americans have treated Obama if for fear of Alqaeeda,the turbulent economy,etc he introduces a bill for tenure elongation?
Re: The Single-Term Distraction
Papadonkee posted on 08-02-2011, 11:55:27 AM
FYI, I support the proposal, as long as GEJ doesn't benefit from it. See how easy it is to take a position?

PDP!!!

And if you think washing your hands off an issue is the best thing to do when you are faced with a difficult decision (re: Islamic banking), I would advise you to look at how history has treated Pontius Pilot and his own hand-washing saga.

And the man has said he doesn't want to serve beyond 2015. Why do you guys keep going on about tenure elongation?!? Sheeeeeez!!!
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