Jega Calls for Reduction of Presidential Power Ahead of 2027 Elections

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Attahiru Muhammadu Jega
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Former Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Attahiru Jega, has urged for a comprehensive restructuring of Nigeria’s political system before the 2027 general elections.

Speaking at the convocation lecture at Bauchi State University, Gadau, Jega emphasized the necessity of reducing the overwhelming power held by the president in the current presidential system.

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The former INEC boss known for his role in overseeing Nigeria’s electoral processes, criticized the inherent flaws in the existing governance model.

He argued that the devolution of power to sub-national entities was crucial for the country’s development, highlighting the excessive power concentrated in the hands of the president.

While expressing dissent towards the parliamentary system, Jega advocated for restructuring to enhance the federal system’s effectiveness.

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During the lecture on ‘Safeguarding Nigeria’s future: Prioritizing citizens’ welfare and security amidst challenges,’ he underscored the need for a rational and evidence-based approach to restructuring the Nigerian federation.

Jega’s proposal focused on devolving power and resources from the federal to the state and local governments.

He suggested revisiting the power distribution model outlined in the 1963 Constitution and urged for even further reductions in the power of the Federal Government.

Jega Advocates Power Restructure

In his address,  “The power of the Federal Government, in which whoever is elected president controls virtually all the resources, beheads the reality.”

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He acknowledged concerns about the effectiveness of state and local governments in addressing the nation’s challenges but argued that decentralization would make the federal government less attractive.

Jega concluded, “It is very important we truly address these issues,” urging leaders to collaboratively embark on a process of restructuring to create a more balanced and effective governance system for Nigeria’s future.

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