Oba of Benin proposes 6 year term for presidents and governors
The Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare II has said said he would invite all the candidates participating in the governorship election to his palace to sign a peace pact in order to nip election violence.
Oba Ewuare II made his intentions know when he received the Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Prof. Mahmud Yakubu, and his entourage in palace on Thursday.
The monarch said the peace pact would enable them to talk to their followers to stay away from violence before, during and after the election.
The royal father said he was not happy at what politicians had turned the state into because of their personal interests, noting he was a father to all and no father would be happy when his children were always engaging themselves in a fight at home
“We are appealing to the political actors not to turn the state into a battleground. All those who want to turn the land into a battleground, the law of Karma will visit them one by one”.
“I am not happy that my children are fighting. I tried my best to intervene but to no avail. But God is in charge of the situation and I know that the election will be peaceful,” he said.
Oba Ewuare II also suggested a 6-year single tenure for presidents and governors as an antidote to the tension and violence associated with the election and re-election.
“I am not an expert on political analysis, but I want to suggest that if possible after this election, come up with a single term of six years and mechanism to review leaders’ performance periodically
“If that is in place, a candidate also knows that within the six years he can also be removed for not performing. I think that will go a long way to reduce tension associated with reelection.”
He appealed to youths not to sacrifice their lives for politicians.
“Once they get into office, they forget the sacrifice you made for them. They often keep their children away from the streets during electioneering.”
Also, Oba Ewuare II urged President Muhammadu Buhari to empower the security agencies on intelligence gathering.
“If they are well empowered, they will be able to forestall the attack carried out at the gate of the palace when the governor and his campaign team visited.”