Abujaâ€”Governor Ibrahim Shema of Katsina State has said that electoral reforms would accelerateÂ the growth of the nationâ€™s nascent democracy.
Shema, who featured at the Forum of the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, in Abuja argued that the reforms were also necessary for the development of the country.
â€œMy views are that electoral reforms are necessary; in fact, reforms are necessary in every emerging programme.
â€œEvery emerging programme will go through some difficult times, will require some amendments here and there,â€™â€™ he said.
The governor argued that since Nigeriaâ€™s democracy was only 10 years old, it should not be compared with that of the U.S. which had clocked more than 250 years.
â€œFor us to do what is right, we have to keep improving like America too. Their constitution was amended on different occasions over time,â€™â€™ he noted.
He said that since Nigerians and the government unanimously agreed to undertake the reforms, they should work in concert to ensure that they succeeded.
â€œThere is the necessity to look at making amendments and adjusting it to fit into the times and the cries of our people.
â€œDonâ€™t forget that democracy is the government of the people by the people for the people. So, what the people need is what the society and leadership must look into,â€™â€™ he said.
Silent on running for second term
Asked whether he would run for a second term, Shema said: â€œEverything is in the hands of God Almighty and the people that elected me.
â€œIf the people I am leading now feel it is necessary and ask me to continue, then of course I will consider, consult with my family and my associates and see if there is need for me to continue,â€™â€™ he said.
Shema noted that politics was a vehicle for service to people and to the nation, saying: â€œFor me, the choice is in the hands of God, not mine.â€™â€™