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You want to be president, get a university degree first!

18 August 2014, 11:34

Abuja - There are indications that one of the key criteria to run for office of the president in the country is to have a university degree as recommended by the just concluded national conference, Punch reports.

The proposed amendment to the constitution indicates that anyone who aspires to be a President must have paid his tax as and when due and must be a university graduate.

Also read:'Jonathan will contest 2015 elections'

Section 131 of the present constitution states that “A person shall be qualified for election to the office as the President if (a) he is a citizen of Nigeria by birth; (b) he has attained the age of 40 ; (c) he is a member of a political party and is sponsored by a political party; and (d) he has been educated up to at least school c ertificate level or its equivalent.”

If the amendment sails through, politicians that may be disqualified are a former Head of State, Maj.Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (rtd.); a former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar and the Jigawa State Governor, Sule Lamido.

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