- Nigeria may introduce new clear-cut law for the future of its aspiring presidents.
Rule one: Don’t get sick for over two weeks. And, if it so happens, Resign!
The tough but clear-cut proposed law will however need two-thirds support from the country’s legislature from all the 36 states.
The proposed law follows the debacle caused by President Umaru Yar’Adua's absence from office, since end of November last year, which sparked constitutional debates over when and what needed to be done for his deputy to take-over.
With his return to the country this week, there has also been a confusion, which at least needed a clarification from the office of the ailing president. At least some calm sense has been brought back, with the announcement that the Acting President, Goodluck Jonathan, is still running the country.
Political observers in Nigeria have said the new law will come handy to ensure that nobody rules the country from some remote sick bed, in some quiet corner outside the country.
Observers have even said the law, if passed, would strengthen democratic principles, in Africa's most populous country.
Mr Yar’Adua’s health has been a constant issue for debate since he assumed power in Nigeria. With his latest long disappearance, initially reported as a regular check-up by officials, he has been ruled out in many opposition and civil society quarters as unfit to rule the country anymore.
Officially, the Nigerian government has not said anything about his state of health since jetting back into the country on Wednesday this week.
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