Succinctly captured in Chapter 1, Part 2, Section 5 of the 1999 Constitution, the functions, powers, and privileges of the President of Nigeria are legitimate, unequivocal, and incontrovertible.
Judging by its powers and privileges, a Nigerian president is technically one of the most powerful persons on earth. Vested with so many powers and vast resources to suit, the position becomes one of the most sought-after in the whole universe.
Commanding a joint force of both military and paramilitary numbering over a million men and women, the C-in-C enjoys the privilege of preserving the peace and territorial integrity of the nation.
The president also roughly appoints directly or indirectly over 10,000 people into more than 500 FG ministries, departments, agencies, parastatals, and international subunits. These are highly lucrative positions with vested powers and authorities, including ambassadors and judges or justices.
With an annual income of about #30 million, the president of Nigeria is assured of a prosperous life, even without being corrupt. This is in addition to the fact of enjoying gargantuan lifetime pension benefits and emoluments in retirement.
The president also enjoys the services of a Presidential Air Fleet with over ten presidential jets. With this fleet, the president is guaranteed comfortable flight experiences throughout his tenure. He is therefore free to globetrot and attend to both national and international commitments within the shortest notice.
In conclusion, presidential life is the best life any eligible Nigerian can ever aspire to. Little wonder it is the most contended position in the continent. Every rich Nigerian aspires to either be a president or be close to a president.
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It’s one sure way of guaranteeing oneself a lifetime of comfort and tremendous powers. The president is simply a clear definition of Power and Status.
- By Uzogara Tobechukwu