Quick Takes Review for October 23 to October 26, 2023
Here is the Quick Takes review for October 23 to October 26, 2023, and how our listeners contributed to the topics.
On Monday October 23, 2023, we said that a former Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Attahiru Jega, said that the President should be stripped of power to appoint the Chairman of INEC to free the Commission from partisanship, stressing that the electoral law should be reviewed to ensure that all cases arising from the conduct of elections are resolved and judgments made before the date of swearing in.
According to Jega, although Nigeria’s current electoral laws could be said to be the best in the country’s history, they are not perfect, and there was a need for further amendments to remove ambiguities, adding that the amendments should make the electronic transmission of results mandatory from the next general elections, which are in 2027.
And we asked what your take was on Jega’s submission?
94% agreed, while 6% disagreed.
On Tuesday October 24, 2023, we said Kanu Agabi, a former Attorney General and Minister of Justice, said that there is nothing wrong with Nigeria’s Constitution, stating that the Constitution was not intended to be a perfect document, but the country needs good people to implement and enforce the Constitution, adding that the position that the Constitution is an invalid document and a product of the military is a wrong position.
According to Agabi, Nigeria needs a National Integration Commission to foster unity while appealing to the Federal Government to come to terms with dissenting voices in a manner that would bring about national unity.
And we asked what your take was on Agabi’s submission?
88% agreed, while 12% disagreed.
On Wednesday October 25, 2023, we told you that Human rights lawyer, Femi Falana urged the Minister of Interior, Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, to spend the N500 million earmarked for the payment of fines to inmates across the country’s correctional centers on their welfare. Tunji-Ojo had earlier lamented that over 4,000 inmates held in custodial centers across the country were unable to pay N500 million in fines.
Falana advised Tunji-Ojo to request the Chief Justice of Nigeria and Chief Judges across the federation to exercise their powers under the Criminal Justice (Release from Custody) (Special Provisions) Act by ordering the release of all inmates whose detention is manifestly unlawful.
And we asked what your take was on Falana’s submission?
78% agreed, 22% disagreed.
On Thursday October 26, 2023, we said the Chairman of the Presidential Fiscal Policy and Tax Reforms Committee, Taiwo Oyedele, said that the numerous taxes levied at various government levels are making life difficult for Nigerians, adding that taxing rights at all levels of government need to be properly defined and addressed to the roots, starting with the country’s constitution.
According to Oyedele, Nigeria is making about 98 percent of its revenue across all levels of government combined from less than 10 taxes, stating that the other taxes just create problems for everyone and fund criminals.
And we asked what your take was on Oyedele’s submission?
99% agreed, while 1% disagreed.