The Chairman, Council of Ulama of
Jama’atu Izalatul Bidi’ah Wa Iqamatus Sunnah, JIBWIS, Sheik Sani Yahaya
Jingir, has called for a fresh election, in the event of the death or
incapacitation of Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari.
This call came as Buhari last Friday,
hinted that he would be going back for further medical check-ups in the
coming weeks, after spending not less than fifty days in London, over an
He stated that the present arrangement
as contained in the Nigerian Constitution, where the Vice President
takes over, should not be the case.
Jingir spoke in Bauchi, at the Matriculation of the students of Sunnah College, Bauchi.
The Cleric, opined that the present
arrangement had opened an avenue where the President was exposed to
uncertainty, while his Vice was confident of becoming President,
whether Nigerians liked him, or not.
“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,” he said.
Sheik Jingir also faulted the
arrangement where all the 36 States produce 3 Senators each, regardless
of their land mass and population, noting that in such places, the
bigger and populated States are at a disadvantage.