Nigeria Should Revert to Parliamentary System of Govt – Ekweremadu

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By Chibuike Nwabuko

Abuja (Sundiata Post) – Federal Lawmaker representing South District and former Deputy President of the , Dr. Ike Ekweremadu, has said Nigeria should revert parliamentary System of or the high-breed version or both.

Ekweremadu gave the advice on Wednesday in Abuja at a colloquium/book presentation titled: ‘Pitch: Debunking Marketing’s Strongest Myths’, written by Ikem Okuhu.

The former Deputy President also tasked the Federal on the need devolve power the states, said the increasing wave of insecurity in the entire country as well as serious economic challenges, it expedient so do.

According him, no two democracies are the same, same as . Nigeria moved from parliamentary Presidential system of government so nothing stops us from going back parliamentary or it’s high- breed. So each country comes with its own unique style.

He said however no matter the type you adopt, there are certain things are garman such as participatory democracy, pluralism, deliberative governance – all are terminologies in defining good government.

Ekweremadu said in Nigeria, people are not at the driving seat, stressed dialogue should be the oil in which democracy will be eaten, ading it is time for us to talk as citizens for government to listen.

The South Senator also weighed in on calls for ceding the presidential tickets of the major political parties to the , saying it is possible to have a president of extraction in 2023, the zone must engage parts of the country in dialogue. No region in Nigeria today can produce President without dialoguing with region, he added.

According to him, “there is clamour for presidency today. And I believe it can only be realised if we engage ourselves in conversation with regions in Nigeria to buy into our initiative”.

He bemoaned the Federal Government the current economic downturn and increasing cases of insecurity for vehemently disregarding well-thought-out solutions being proffered by patriotic Nigerians. He lamented democracy which was supposed to be a people-centred model of government has been so bastardized by some tend to distance themselves from the people once they are elected into offices.

“Today, Nigeria is in the full grip of widespread insecurity- insurgency, banditry, abductions, armed robbery, and all manner of violent crimes. Nigerians have been offering solutions towards taming the rising wave of criminality.

“These include calls for decentralised policing, which I am a proponent of and also have a Bill to that effect currently before the . “Unfortunately, it appears the government is bent on doing the same thing and but ironically hoping to get a different result.

“In the same manner, many Nigerians, including yours sincerely, have been shouting it on the rooftops long before the current economic downturn occasioned by drastic and protracted decline in oil revenues, that the days of high oil revenues were numbered. “The West and developed nations are setting targets to move away from oil. Yet we are not even close to activating abundant sources of income because our federalism is wired for wealth sharing rather than wealth creation.

“Even in the 7th when we listened to the yearnings of Nigerians to amend the constitution to devolve aviation, power, railway, etc. from the Exclusive List to the , it was never assented by the Presidency. “Now that the chicken has come home to roost, let us hope that the Federal Government will listen to the voices of reason, devolve powers, and not continue with the micromanagement of the nation’s resources”, he stated.

On building national cohesion, Ekweremadu said: “Nigeria is now divided as never before. The chasms are increasing by the day. Elder statesmen and women, writers, and other well-meaning Nigerians have continued to raise the alarm that the nation is drifting apart.

“They have equally continued to proffer suggestions on how we can engender national cohesion, , and equity. We will continue to pray that the government heeds their patriotic calls and suggestions.”

Ekweremadu who recalled how he sold the idea of public hearing to them Senate President, Bukola Saraki and how it was adopted by the called for the expansion of the scope of the in the 1999 Constitution and use of public hearing in the appropriation process.

The author of the book, Mr. Okuhu, emphasised the need for more citizen engagement in democratic governance as he announced a quarterly initiative, “Conversations on a New Nigeria”, a platform to engineer building a united and prosperous Nigeria.

Okuhu said the book is written to reshape and refocus marketing thinking towards what works in practical terms, stressing that the it also offers readers a pragmatic rather than academic insights into the cultural, Psychological and sociological peculiarities of Nigerians as they interact daily with their environment and the brand they consume.