North warns panel not to xtend Jonathan's tenure

THE NATION Newspaper

The new pressure group, the Coalition of Northern Leaders, Academics, Professionals and Businessmen, yesterday warned the Justice Alfa Belgore Committee on Constitution Amendment against what it called any plot to elongate President Goodluck Jonathan’s tenure.

The coalition claimed to have discovered that the Belgore Committee is pursuing a “sinister third term agenda” for Jonathan with a single seven-year tenure proposal.

But the President replied swiftly, telling the group not to distract him from his work.

The group also demanded immediate review of the nation’s revenue allocation formula.

Besides, it accused Jonathan’s administration of awarding oil blocks to Generals, party leaders and cronies.

The coalition gave the warning in a statement by its convener, Dr. Junaid Mohammed, after a session of its committee chairmen in Asokoro, Abuja.

The Coalition has 10 standing committees to pursue the interests of the North.

Some of its committee chairmen are: Senator John Wash Pam (Inter-Faith Dialogues); Alhaji Mahmud Yayale Ahmed (Security) ; Prof. Nur Alkali (Education); Mallam Mohammed Haruna (Media); Dr. Sanusi Abubakar (Economics, Policy Frameworks, Strategic Investments and Infrastructure); Dr. Shettima Mustapha (Agriculture, Water Resources and Mineral Investments); Prof. Awalu Yadudu (Constitutional Amendments, Revenue and Fiscal Systems, Structure of Nigerian Federalism); and Dr. Sule Bello (Youths, Policy Strategies and Contacts).

It could not be immediately ascertained if all the chairmen were at the session.

But the statement of the Coalition, which was signed by its convener, Dr. Junaid Mohammed, said the North will resist any attempt to extend Jonathan’s tenure beyond May 29, 2015.


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