Sheik Sani Yahaya Jingir has called for a fresh election to be conducted in the event of death or incapacitation of a Nigerian president.
He made the call in Bauchi at the matriculation of the students of Sunnah College Bauchi which took place on Sunday, March 12, Daily Trust reports.
Sheik Jingir who is the chairman, council of Ulama of Jama’atu Izalatul Bidi’ah Wa Iqamatus Sunnah (JIBWIS), said the present arrangement as contained in the Nigerian constitution where the vice president takes over, leaves much to be desired.
The cleric said the present arrangement has opened an avenue where the president is exposed to uncertainty, while his vice is confident of becoming president whether Nigerians like him or not.
He said: “If this arrangement is maintained as it is, it will pose a lot of political uncertainties and security threat to us as a nation. we elected the President as the President. If he dies or incapacitated, there should be a fresh election.
“If this anomaly is not addressed, then we are not secured because a dishonest Vice President may work against him to get his seat. Is the right to personal opinion guaranteed in our constitution? Then this is my personal opinion.”
Jingir also faulted the arrangement where all the 36 states produce three senators each regardless of their land mass and population which he said has placed the bigger and populated states at a disadvantage.
Meanwhile, the vice president, Yemi Osinbajo on Monday, March 13, said he has handed over to President Muhammadu Buhari.
Speaking to State House correspondents after a meeting with the president, Osinbajo said he has formally handed over power to Buhari.
The vice president noted that his meeting with the president which lasted for over one hour was focused on economy, budget, North-East, and many other national issues.