Legal icon and elder statesman, Afe Babalola, says an interim government should replace the current administration at the expiration of President Muhammadu Buhari’s tenure in 2023.
Babalola, at a news conference in Ado-Ekiti, yesterday, said the interim government should be in office for six months to chart a new course for Nigeria.
He stressed that the 2023 elections should be suspended until Nigeria has “a new-look peoples’ Constitution, which should provide for part-time legislators and non-executive president”.
Babalola said that members of the interim government should be drawn from all living former presidents and vice-presidents; some selected ministers and governors and delegates of prominent professional associations.
The professional associations could be the Nigeria Medical Association, (NMA); Nigeria Bar Association, (NBA); Nigeria Labour Congress, (NLC); Nigeria Union of Journalists, (NUJ); Academic Staff Union of Universities, (ASUU), and Civil Society Organisations, (CSOs).
The elder statesman noted that such delegates should be elected on a zero-party basis.
He said it was regrettable that the current 1999 constitution, foisted on Nigerians by the military was no longer in tune with the realities of the day.
The university proprietor advised that the new Constitution, which should be coordinated by the interim government should spell out rules and regulations on improved qualifications of those contesting elections.
He also said that the new Constitution should provide for part-time legislators and not full-time legislators, considering the attendant waste of resources.
The legal luminary added that any person that would become the president of Nigeria should not be older than 60 years of age and must have a university degree.