The Honorable Speaker of the Nigerian House of Representatives, Rt Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, has stressed the need to amend the constitution on the minimum qualification to contest for President. ayokinews.com reports
Gbajabiamila stated that the minimum qualification for other elective positions including the legislature in Nigeria should be raised above the current standard. He further called for an adjustment to Section 131 (d) of the 1999 constitution.
Section 131 (d) of the Nigerian 1999 constitution states that, “A person shall be qualified for election to the office of the President if he has been educated up to at least School Certificate level or its equivalent”.
The Speaker made this known while speaking at the University of Lagos’ convocation on Monday.
According to him, raising the qualification for getting elected to political positions will help steer a good reform for the electoral system in the country.
“I also sincerely believe that the national assembly needs to look into section 131 (d) of the 1999 constitution with a view to increasing the minimum educational qualification for persons aspiring to be future presidents of Nigeria and other top offices including the national assembly as against the current minimum requirement of a secondary school certificate or its equivalent,” Gbajabiamila added.
“As we have reduced the age for eligibility to contest those offices, so also, we should increase the minimum educational requirement. It will be another step in reforming our electoral system and providing strong leadership for the country.”