Prof. Ango Abdullahi backs Reps’ move for parliamentary democracy 

Elder statesman, Prof. Ango Abdullahi, has declared his full support for the ongoing discussion for Nigeria’s return to parliamentary system of government, as recently initiated by 60 members of the House of Representatives.

Abdullahi who expressed the support, showered encomium on Members of House of Representatives who sponsored the bills seeking for the adoption of Parliamentary system, led by Hon. Abdulsamad Dasuki and Hon. Wale Raji who visited him in the Abuja residence.

He recalled how the military tele-guided the Constituent Assembly of 1976/77 to adopt either a French or American Presidential system of government, and observed that since 1976 he never gave up on the Parliamentary system of government as it provides ground for accountability and quality leadership, arguing that the American styled presidential democracy has not benefited Nigeria.

While stressing that the Parliamentary system of government as practiced in 1963 was not given sufficient time to thrive in the country, he averred that the Nigerian project is not working because we do not know its history.

“If you are talking of failure of the system, it’s totally unfair to say that Parliamentary system failed in Nigeria. It has not. Only that it has not been given sufficient time.

“So, my personal position is that, I’m 100 percent against the presidential system of government, it’s an unsuitable system not only for Nigeria, but any country that is in this reckless, greedy western world. Because the democracy the western world is trying to force down the throat of every nation in the world is to serve their interest. And check honestly, academically, materially and so on, see what happened since 1960 till date…

“So when the military came and insisted that we should abandon what was kicked out in 1966, I think was the first major mistake this country ran into up till now.

“Presidential system is not a suitable system. This is my personal opinion. For 24 years now, you just show me where is the presidential system succeeds in terms of moving Nigeria forward? A country with 200 million that is generating 4000 megawatt of electricity. 4,000 megawatt not enough for a big house in Europe”, he said.

Speaking earlier, a member of the group pushing for shift through the Bills, Hon. Wale Raji posited that the cost of governance and elections is higher under the Presidential system, amongst other disadvantages, saying that the Presidential system of government “is quite expensive for our economy situation and it has hindered the desired economic development that the country deserves. And we also discovered that it’s too cumbersome and it has not really lead us to derive the benefit of true democracy unlike what is obtained in the parliamentary system of government where the cost of governance us reduced.

Also in his remarks, spokesman of the group, Hon. Abdulsamad Dasuki said: “part of our proposals we have one bill for Local Government, one for the State, and one for Federal. And in one of our proposals, by God’s grace, in the year 2027, we will like to kickstart with full autonomy and implementation of Local Government itself, so that we can be well-guided. That was why you must have heard in the papers the commencement date”.