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Electoral reforms neccessary – Gov Shema

Abuja—Governor Ibrahim Shema of Katsina State has said that electoral reforms would accelerate  the growth of the nation’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.

“My views are that electoral reforms are necessary; in fact, reforms are necessary in every emerging programme.

“Every emerging programme will go through some difficult times, will require some amendments here and there,’’ he said.

The governor argued that since Nigeria’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.

“For us to do what is right, we have to keep improving like America too. Their constitution was amended on different occasions over time,’’ 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.

“There is the necessity to look at making amendments and adjusting it to fit into the times and the cries of our people.
“Don’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,’’ he said.

Silent on running for second term

Asked whether he would run for a second term, Shema said: “Everything is in the hands of God Almighty and the people that elected me.

“If 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,’’ he said.

Shema noted that politics was a vehicle for service to people and to the nation, saying: “For me, the choice is in the hands of God, not mine.’’


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