By Tunde Oyekola, Osogbo
Former Interim National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief
Adebisi Akande has said that President Mohammadu Buhari cannot do more
than what he is doing under the current Presidential system of government which the country is running.
He said that if the country would move out of its poor state and grow and develop, it should quickly revert to parliamentary democracy and dump the ongoing Presidential system of government which it described as too expensive for a poor nation like Nigeria.
Chief Akande while addressing a press conference in his country home, Ila-Orangun, Osun state to mark his 79 birthday on Tuesday asserted that if the country continues with the present system of government, Nigeria will not succeed.
Expressing his view about the Muhammadu Buhari’s administration, the elder statesman insisted that there is no how Buhari would succeed with the present system of government.
He said, “Buhari is my personal friend, he is running a very difficultsystem of government. Even if Angels were allowed to come from Heaven to run the system of government he’s running, they cannot succeed because they would face the same problem which President Buhari is
“Nigeria democracy is the military democracy of sharing. The long you practice American democracy, the poorer you become in Nigeria adding “It is a system that allows the elders to be wasted.”
“The system is unworkable, any law under any unworkable Constitution is a bad law. They are doing a difficult thing under a very bad system. So long we continue with this form of system, Nigeria will not succeed.
Chief Akande who also faulted centralisation of power at the federal level insisted that police must be decentralized.
In his speech titled “My Political Inspiration At 79,” Akande described his office as Governor of Osun state as “a totally powerless office.
“I was a Deputy Governor, it was like learning to be a ceremonial Chief Executive with privilege to be consulted, to warn and to advise on executive functions. And I was an Executive Governor. That was, to me, a totally powerless office; yet, the bucks ended on my desk.
“Those bucks were coming in the form of letters, memoranda, minutes in files and at meetings – all these were always asking me to take an average of one hundred decisions daily when surrounded by mostly inefficient and corrupt government institutions and with no money to fund the decisions into realities; and were also regarding me as the Chief Security Officer of the state, whereas the allegiance and control of the security agencies belonged elsewhere.
Listing countries like Isreal, UK, India, Canada and others that have succeeded with the parliamentary system, Akande said “up to the present age, evidence-based analyses has proved parliamentary democracy to be the most accountably transparent form of government in the whole world.
“Considering that, apart from being transparent and very accountable, Parliamentary Democracy is absolutely inclusive. Therefore, it appears to be the best form of Governmental structure for Nigeria now.
“The American democracy of multi-party presidentialism is too complicated and costly for a country of poor people with large illiteracy rate like Nigeria.
“Multi-party parliamentary democracy is the best form of government that is left available for Nigeria, if it wants to catch up with the rest of the civilised and rapidly developing world in the next decades before oil revenues will no longer be in vogue,” he submitted.