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Neither here nor there

•It is immaterial whether leaders have university degree or not Legal luminary and the founder of Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti (ABUAD), Aare Afe Babalola, has once again brought to the fore the issue of what the minimum educational qualification for people seeking to be president, governors and other elective positions should be.He also spoke on sundry issues of national concern, including the large retinue of political aides appointed by some political leaders, and who gulp huge resources by way of mouthwatering perks and emoluments.  He recalled that law makers in the First Republic were on part time basis and therefore got only sitting allowances, not salaries as we have it today.  He also pushed for the imperative of a single presidential and gubernatorial term of six years, among others.Aare Babalola, who spoke on “Awoism and the unending search for transformational leadership in Nigeria: Political, economic, educational and social challenges” at the Obafemi Awolowo Leadership Prize Award ceremony held at Harbour Point, Victoria Island, Lagos, on March 6, is the third and latest recipient of the prestigious award; the other two recipients being Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka and former South African President, Thabo Mbeki.The legal icon was probably right in his recommendation of a six-year single tenure for president and governors because of the intensity of the struggle for these positions, as a result of the power and influence the occupiers of the offices wield. Not a few people felt this recommendation would reduce the ‘do-or-die’ tendencies on the part of many of those seeking these positions. He may also have been right in recommending a return to the past, when law makers would only be paid allowances as a way of conserving fund, as well as reducing the unnecessary acrimonies that usually attend the electoral process in the National Assembly.But we are not comfortable with legislating educational qualification for seekers of governorshi ...Read more

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