16 January 2018

Nigeria: Don't Blame Nigeria Woes On Buhari, Says Akande

Osogbo — Former National Chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC), Bisi Akande on Tuesday said President Muhammad Buhari could be blamed for the nation's woe and cautioned the citizenry to stop heaping blames on the the president.

Speaking with journalists at country residence in Ila-Orangun at an event organised to mark his 79th birthday, Akande said presidential system of government being operated in the country was faulty and that the parliamentary system remains the solution to Nigeria's challenges.

He said many good intentions of President Muhammadu Buhari would remain as 'mere dreams' as long as the expensive and faulty presidential l system of government is retained.

On the herdsmen crisis, Akande said with the current system of government in the country and given the myriads of challenges facing the country, it would difficult for the one at the helm of affairs to take certain drastic decisions. So, stop blaming President Buhari.

"As a member of Constituent Assembly that drafted the 1979 Constitution, I voted for parliamentary system of government, but more members of the Assembly voted in support of the presidential system.

"In Nigeria's presidential system of government, lawmakers are elected on party platforms, but as soon as they get to the parliament, the party on which platform they get the opportunity, becomes less important.

"All that is important to them is the collective interest of the members of that parliament. Party's programmes and manifestoes are no longer important. That has been the major problem facing the country. Let's dump this corrupt presidential system and go for the more transparent parliamentary system."

Akande recalled his experience as governor of Osun state, when he had to make over 100 decisions that would affect lives every day, and yet, the control of key machineries of government to back up his decisions were never within his reach.

"As a governor in 1999, my administration worked with a parliament that has 26 members all voted in on the platform of my party, despite this, the assembly decided not to support the programmes of the party that gave the them opportunity."

"They served me impeachment notice. On the day the motion was moved, 24 members all from my party voted in support of my removal, one voted against it and the Speaker did not vote.

"I was given 21 days. On the day they sat again on the matter, 13 said no to my impeachment and 12 said I should be removed. The Speaker did not vote. Same party that produced the lawmakers, also produced me as governor. I believe, even if an angel is sent to administer this kind of unworkable system, he will fail", Akande lamented.


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