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July 24, 2024

Constitution amendment: Prioritize power devolution, electoral reform – Shehu Sani

A former senator representing Kaduna central, Shehu Sani has said that devolution of power and reform of the electoral system must be of utmost priority in the constitutional amendment process.

Sani said this statement in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, on Sunday in Lagos.

He lamented that political interests have always frustrated moves to amend the constitution.

According to him, developmental issues were usually not prioritized during the constitution amendment process because of the interests of political leaders.

“Since 1999, the national assembly has been inaugurating committees to amend the constitution of Nigeria, but the problem has been that the issues that are supposed to be amended are not amended because of interests.

“Each time we have this committee set up, the committee is inaugurated in good time, but the recommendations are hardly implemented.

“Take, for example, electoral reform, no president in Nigeria wants to reform an electoral system that will take him out of power,” he said.

He enjoined political office holders to implement reforms and vision that would outlive them, stressing that power was transient.

“If you think you are in a position of authority today and you have all the power to exercise, think of what happens to you tomorrow,” Sani said

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