The Vice-Chancellor, Sokoto State University, Prof. Nuhu Yaqub, has lamented that the current form of government in Nigeria is far from being a democratic government.
On his part, the National President of the Companion, Barrister Musbau Oyefeso also called on President Goodluck Jonathan to plead and liaise with former President Olusegun Obasanjo on way out of the abducted Chibok girls. He commended the former president for his gut to speak out and urged President Jonathan to seek his advice on getting out of the problem.
The duo spoke at the pre-Ramadan lecture organized by the University of Lagos Muslim Alumni, UMA, in Lagos on Sunday, 15th June, 2014.
According to the don, “what we have can best be described as a civil rule. “We have not been able to consolidate democracy as what we have is not democracy but a civil rule.
Why should we still be pegging the age of those who can contest the post of presidency to 45years and above when we have bright and capable hands who are below 45years. If we are truly running a democratic government, we should not be talking about bad roads, poor healthcare delivery, lack of electricity among others.”
Speaking on the topic; “Democracy beyond electioneering”, he posited that any Nigerian should be free to contest for any election not minding state of origin or other mundane considerations.
“Those at the ongoing confab should look into the age restriction for those who want to contest for the post of presidency and others,” he said.
The don also called for a special recognition for those who are physically-challenged and the women.
As the country approaches another election year, Prof. Yaqub urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to be responsible and unbiased while urging Nigerians to rise and demand for good governance as well as work hard towards ensuring that competent and incorrupt people are elected to govern them.
Also speaking, Prof. Amidu Sanni of the Lagos State University, (LASU), Ojo, enjoined Nigerian leaders to eradicate poverty as poverty usually made people to sell their conscience and not doing the proper things when it comes to election period.
The UMA President, Alhaji Lere Alimi urged Muslims to use the coming period of Ramadan for self-purification of their sins and to re-energised themselves towards doing good always. “As brothers and sisters, irrespective of tribe or religion, we must learn to live in peace,” he said.