AKANDE SAYS NIGERIA NEEDS MULTI-PARTY PARLIAMENTARY DEMOCRACY

A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the then interim national chairman of the party, Chief Bisi Akande has said that the presidential system of government Nigeria can no longer sustain its growth and success. Chief Akande, who is also a former governor of Osun state made this known while addressing a news conference in his country home, Ila, Osun state as part of activities to mark his 79th birthday. The septuagenarian argued that multi-party parliamentary democracy was the best form of government for Nigeria if it wanted to catch up with the rest of the civilised world. He stated that the American democratic system, which is multi-party presidential was too complicated and costly for a country of poor people with large illiteracy rate like Nigeria.

Chief Akande stated that Nigeria is currently running a difficult government under an unworkable set up. According to him: “President Buhari is my friend and I want him to succeed but he is running a difficult system of government”. “Nigeria’s democracy is a military democracy of sharing and if we continue like this, there is no how we can succeed. “Up to this present age, evidence-based analyses has proven parliamentary democracy to be the most accountable transparent form of government in the whole world”. Chief Akande further argued that parliamentary democracy had helped countries like the United Kingdom be rich, stable and respected globally and has also made Israel very strong economically and militarily. He said: “It is also transforming India from acute poverty and hunger into self-sufficiency and reliability virtually in all fields”. “Apart from being transparent and accountable, parliamentary democracy is absolutely inclusive. “It appears to be the best form of governmental structure for Nigeria now”. He argued that that anything less accountable and transparent would not help the development of the country.

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