Ekweremadu calls for ‘modified presidential system’
Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu has called for a modified presidential system of government for effective governance and enduring democracy in Nigeria.
A statement issued by his spokesman Uche Anichukwu said Senator Ekweremadu made the call while delivering a paper entitled “Constitution Amendment in an Emerging Democracy: the Nigerian Experience” at the School of Advanced international Studies, Johns Hopkins University, Washington DC in the United States of America, USA.
He said: “the presidential system has often come under criticism for its concentration of powers in political chief executives, encouragement of divisive, zerosum factional and sectional competition for political offices, expensiveness, and promotion of the politics of strong men, rather than strong institutions.”
He however, stressed that while the parliamentary system looked attractive, it nevertheless failed the country in the First Republic, noting that the challenges of governance in Nigeria was not essentially the choice of governmental system, but the warped implementation of these systems.