Elder statesman and Chairman Northern Elders Council, NEC, Alhaji Tanko Yakassai, said the only option left to safe Nigeria from total disintegration is to go back to parliament system of government.
Yakassai, who disclosed this in an interview, in addition to the public funds looted and taken to other countries, said the presidential system of government being operated in the country was too expensive and has failed to unite the country.
“So, now I discover that presidential election is not suitable for Nigeria. The two reasons are our differences in terms of culture and religion.
“Our headache at that time was that we had three regions led by very powerful figures, and because of the power of those figures, they made their people to think the way they were thinking.
“All of them have gone – late Sardauna of Sokoto, Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe, and Chief Obafemi Awolowo- the three are yet to have any replacement, and nobody has an equivalent of the trio in Nigeria now.
“So, we can go back to parliamentary system; and the beauty of it is that government will be a cabinet government.
He said one important feature and beauty of parliamentary system is that the power is vested in the hand of group of people, unlike in presidential system where power is concentrated in the hand of one individual.
“You can’t remove the individual except through impeachment process which is very expensive. So, I’m now a ‘born again’ supporter of parliamentary system,” Yakassai said.
According the constitutional problem the country might be faced with is how to convince the members of the National Assembly, governors and president for the change.
“The members of National Assembly will not vote anything, they will not benefit from it because in parliamentary system, only the assembly, legislators that will be ministers. President or the Prime minister has no …Read More
Source:: Nigerian Pilot