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Worried by the rising cases of violence and tension across the country during elections, the Presidency has concluded plans to send a bill to the National Assembly for a single term of seven years for governors and Presidents.

  President Goodluck Jonathan

It reasoned that political violence was always caused by the resolve of incumbent governors and president to run for a second tenure of office.

Our sources gathered that the Presidency would soon send the bill to the National Assembly after the Senate might have concluded the screening and confirmation of ministerial and ambassadorial nominees. It was also learnt that the Presidency was presently putting together another set of nominees for screening and confirmation for appointment as ambassadors and representatives of Nigeria in foreign countries.

Reliable sources close to the Presidency disclosed that the decision on the proposal to reduce the tenure of the governors and President to a single term of seven years was reached between President Goodluck Jonathan and the leadership of the sixth National Assembly with an agreement that it should be one of the first major bills to be sent to the lawmakers after the screening exercise.

It was also gathered that the bill would be part of the input of the Presidency in the next amendment to the constitution, the process of which would begin shortly after the screening. According to the source, “There is a bill from the Presidency which seeks to alter the subsisting provision of the constitution which provides for a second term tenure and replace it with a single term of seven years.


My Proposed 7-yr single term was misunderstood – Jonathan
« Reply #1 on: November 13, 2011, 08:33 PM »
PRESIDENT Goodluck Jonathan regrets that his proposed seven-year single tenure for the president was widely misunderstood to mean self ambition to remain in power.

According to him, the proposal has been misunderstood by those who think he wants to add that term to his current one.

Jonathan was speaking to Mr. Alain Juppe, French Foreign Minister, who visited the State House, as part of the activities of his visit to Nigeria.

“My proposal for a single seven-year tenure is anchored on the need for an incumbent president to focus maximum attention on the execution of his development programmes, instead of expending vital energy on re-election issues, though this has been misunderstood to mean I want additional seven years”, the president clarified.

He noted that political stability has returned to Africa, although in some African countries the major challenge remained the attempt by the incumbents to stay in power beyond constitutional mandates, or to insist on anointing their successors. While deploring this, Jonathan pointed out that much progress is being made across the continent, and that Africa’s success stories should be encouraged.

He expressed appreciation to French President Nicolas Sarkozy for his consistent support and friendship to Nigeria and Africa, adding that Sarkozy’s “robust support and friendship” had enabled Nigeria and ECOWAS to successfully restore peace in Cote d’Ivoire.”

“We could not have succeeded in restoring peace in Cote d’Ivoire without President Sarkozy’s support”, he stated, adding that the intervention in Cote D’Ivoire has also enabled stability and successful elections to be held in Liberia.

Jonathan told Juppe that his administration is working hard to check terrorism and piracy, as part of efforts to provide a sustainable environment for trade and investments in the country, and appealed for French support to check this menace.

Earlier, the French Foreign Minister said he held “very constructive” discussions with his Nigerian counterpart in the areas of agriculture, energy, aviation and mining.

He said France is committed to supporting and ensuring development in Africa, though there are concerns about political and economic stability as well as piracy and terrorist activities in some parts of the continent.



In the whole world, even in African there is no where a leader spends 7years single term I know off.

What you can not do in 4years, what makes you think you can do it in 7years or even more? Nigerians must be dumb to allow this sort of Afro-democracy.

Do your term and leave others to contribute what they have to offer period.


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