As all Nigerians, and indeed Africans, know, our leaders are prone to hogging national control and power. One need only look at Mugabe in Zimbabwe for a current example of the 'power for life' attitude that far too often characterizes African 'rule'. Some Americans even rejected Senator McCain's Presidential candidacy on the belief that it would essentially be a third term for former President Bush. Many Nigerians will also recall the brouhaha that ensued once Former President Obasanjo's 'Third Term Agenda' was revealed, and the extremes to which individuals from all sectors of the country fought to prevent it.
Keeping all that in mind, and the fact that young Hausa men attacked the President's convoy in Jos, Plateau State on March 9th, one cannot help but revisit the issue of the 'Third Term Agenda'. Especially, as a close friend recently asked,
"I wonder, given what we know now, whether Nigerians would rather have a third-term OBJ in office?"
I will admit that this is an interesting question and that I am curious to know what others think. Considering our history of coups and the flagrant abuse of power illustrated by many leaders, I do not believe Presidents should be given too many years to hold onto power in Nigeria. If Nigeria's Constitution allowed for the option of 'recall elections', that would allow the people to remove their President and even other public officials once public dissatisfaction was high, then maybe, I would be amenable to Presidential third terms. For the sake of fairness, I must also point out that Obasanjo had 2 terms (8 years) to achieve such accomplishments like debt relief. Yar'Adua is yet to reach the half way mark of first 4 year term and could possibly surprise every one by the time the next Presidential elections occur in 2011. I definitely hope so. Nevertheless, I wonder what you think about the question posed - would you feel differently about OBJ's 'third term agenda' after 2 years of the Yar'Adua administration? And, why?
Related Articles of Interest:
- Yardy To Get A Third Term?
- Keeping It Real.... (Danjuma asserts that Yar'Adua is Obasanjo's 'Third Term Agenda')
- Nigerian Curiosity of 2008 (Fashola and the 2011 Election)
- Nigerian Legacy of Obasanjo