Ek­w­ere­madu calls for ‘mod­i­fied pres­i­den­tial sys­tem’

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Tu­raki A. Has­san

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.

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