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Don’t bring back military, lawyer warns

By Emeka Mamah

KADUNA —  A legal practitioner based in Kaduna, Mr Yahaya Mahmud, yesterday warned that Nigerians must not do anything that is likely to bring back the military into the Nigeria political scene.

Reacting to current arguments about who should take over from President Umaru Yar’Adua if he resigns from office due to ill health, Mr Mahmut said  the Nigerian constitution was quite clear on who should take over power in such a circumstance.

He noted that Northerners who are currently arguing that the Vice President cannot take over in view of the political arrangement of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, were not speaking for the North.

He said Nigeria was a country governed by law, pointing out that if the political class refused to stick to the tenets of the constitution, “the military might come in and sack all of them.”

The legal practitioner expressed concern over the delay in amending the Electoral Act, pointing out that if the National Assembly failed to amend the Electoral Act before the end of the first quarter of the year, it might lead to a lot of confusion within the political scene.

On the recent attempt by a Nigerian to bomb a US airliner, Mahmud said it was unfortunate that many Nigerian parents send their children abroad without proper guidance and monitoring at a tender age.

According to him, “the way we send our children abroad without proper guidance is one problem. You send your son to London or the United States, you don’t check him, or monitor the kind of friends he keeps. At a tender age of 18 to 20, anything can happen.”

Don’t  bring back military, lawyer warns

By Emeka Mamah

KADUNA —  A legal practitioner based in Kaduna, Mr Yahaya Mahmud, yesterday warned that Nigerians must not do anything that is likely to bring back the military into the Nigeria political scene.
Reacting to current arguments about who should take over from President Umaru Yar’Adua if he resigns from office due to ill health, Mr Mahmut said  the Nigerian constitution was quite clear on who should take over power in such a circumstance.

He noted that Northerners who are currently arguing that the Vice President cannot take over in view of the political arrangement of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, were not speaking for the North.

He said Nigeria was a country governed by law, pointing out that if the political class refused to stick to the tenets of the constitution, “the military might come in and sack all of them.”

The legal practitioner expressed concern over the delay in amending the Electoral Act, pointing out that if the National Assembly failed to amend the Electoral Act before the end of the first quarter of the year, it might lead to a lot of confusion within the political scene.

On the recent attempt by a Nigerian to bomb a US airliner, Mahmud said it was unfortunate that many Nigerian parents send their children abroad without proper guidance and monitoring at a tender age.

According to him, “the way we send our children abroad without proper guidance is one problem. You send your son to London or the United States, you don’t check him, or monitor the kind of friends he keeps. At a tender age of 18 to 20, anything can happen.”


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