Jonathan’s Acting Capacity: The Constitution Aligned for Democracy!

by L.Chinedu Arizona-Ogwu

Attempts to sustain democracy in Nigeria tend to receive threats from those who are keeping awake all-night to crunch into power by hook or crook. But our constitution says, sovereignty belongs to the people of Nigeria from whom government through this Constitution derives all its powers and authority. The National Assembly represents every village, towns and communities in Nigeria. It is the mouthpiece of Nigeria. The mechanism in which they empowered Dr. Goodluck Jonathan to an Acting President status is an agreement that was long overdue to redress of ill-conceived grievances waiting to explode.

Since President Yar’Adua became hospitalized late November, 2009; the inability of national stakeholder to agree is becoming another threat to our nascent democracy. These are politicians involve in corrupt and dishonest activities; they engages in subversive activities, they acts in total disregard for and infringes the Constitutional principles of the Nigerian people, they conducts itself in an irregular and improper manner, engages in illegal Activities Our consensus between multiple stakeholders as opinioned at our monthly “nigeria4betterrule” debated February 11th,2010; denote the acceptable stance at every Nigeria’s political level; that however conditions portray, Nigeria must have a leader/head/president at every point in term and not bimonthly nor biannually rather varies each forth-year.

If challenge-worthy, why has Nigeria’s approach to achieving economic liberalization and political democracy refused to shown consistent success over time? Yet some people are aggrieved. Nigeria has managed a sustained evolution of its institutions towards economic liberalization and democracy, and the preferences of each of Nigeria’s presidents since our participants have determined the pathway taken. Each of the last four presidents set policy agendas based on improving social capital, adopting policies of economic liberalization, eventual commitment to democracy, transparency, and a firm determination to reform and uphold the rule of law. But why do they short-live?

Nigeria has a parliamentary government with bicameral legislature the Senate and the Representatives (the National Assembly). Any political party having a majority in the Assembly forms government.

The Law Court is deemed to reject or throw-out every challenge to invalidate the legitimacy of Dr. Goodluck Jonathan’s acting capacity .The Yar’Adua/Jonathan regime Choice of Government Work in tandem with the Rule of Law. If Yar’Adua is not there, Jonathan is there. That is simply one-ticket leadership, unless Nigeria refuses to accept this democracy. And again, Nigeria cannot run her socio-economic wellbeing without a leader. For this reason, it has become obvious that legislation in the world all over has ramifications that spread far beyond tribal- relations which that law seeks to regulate.

Barely a century after the Nigerian constitution became law, the National Assembly has decided for the first time the scope of a significant presidential power which has lain partly untested all that time. But in deciding for the presidential, the National Assembly has in effect tilted power in Nigeria decisively towards the far South. In many areas which have hitherto been thought to be the state of the regions – for the simple reason that the constitution says they are – Nigerians will now be able to intervene. Without changing a word of it, the National Assembly has saved this democracy.

Special arrangements have been made for international observers to enable them to remain acquainted with the national assembly proceedings.

The international observers and journalists, about 1,000 or more are already in Nigeria to observe elections and include EU observers, U.S. congressmen and members of the British Parliament.
The largest contingent is from the European Union (137 members, including 10 members of the European Parliament).We are certain that the democratic process and the 2011 elections will not only lead to a very stable government, which will lead to maintenance of economic upsurge of 7 percent growth seen every year since the last five years ? but we are also sure that these elections will lead to a government that will carry on national economic turn-around, which is so important for Nigeria as well for the neighbouring Africa’s community.

At a more profound level, the National Assembly’s decision is revolutionary. It tips the balance of power decisively in the direction in which successive governments have been nudging it. The power is now open to be used for widespread federal intervention in areas which the constitution reserves. Should this worry Nigerians? We believe not. It obviously does not alter the constitution; it simply protects or secures an avenue which remains open and fragile for the military to become tempted to seize power. And it recognizes and to some extent regularizes the government’s slow but inevitable usurpation of state responsibilities. The People of Nigeria are looking forward to the successful completion of the forth-coming electoral process and they are sure that the country would emerge as stronger, democratic and dynamic sovereign state.

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1 comment

Echeruo N March 29, 2010 - 11:43 am

Nigeria needs stability; we have lagged too long. God ‘ll wrestle the powers that wish Nigeria a stagnant entity. Let us support Dr. Jonathan.


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