oa The Constitution - The third term agenda, constitutionalism and the future of the Nigerian state



Nigeria s Fourth Republic is at political crossroads. This is as a result of the ambition of some politicians who desire amendment to the constitution in order to serve their parochial interest. The recently defeated tenure elongation quest by the president and governors has posed, perhaps, the greatest challenge to the nascent democracy in Nigeria. This article examines the aforementioned phenomenon. It argues that the third term bid has brought to the fore the problems of political succession and the deepening of constitutionalism in the countrys- democratisation process. While underscoring the efforts of the political class at ensuring the failure of the third term bid, the article calls on them to further ensure that the present democratic dispensation survives by reversing to 'true federalism' under a purposeful leadership that would ensure that good governance prevails in Nigeria through promotion of social democracy.


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