‘Coun­tries with pres­i­den­tial sys­tem most cor­rupt, poor­est’

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Nu­rud­deen M. Ab­dal­lah

Coun­tries prac­tic­ing pres­i­den­tial sys­tem of govern­ment are most cor­rupt and poor­est, a mem­ber of the Na­tional Con­fer­ence com­mit­tee on po­lit­i­cal struc­ture and forms of govern­ment Mr Yinka Odu­makin has said.

Odu­makin, a South West del­e­gate at the con­fer­ence, said this yes­ter­day in his con­tri­bu­tion dur­ing the com­mit­tee’s sit­ting.

Cit­ing Trans­parency In­ter­na­tional’s data, Odu­makin said of the 19 poor­est coun­tries in the world, 15 are un­der pres­i­den­tial sys­tem of govern­ment.

He said Iraq and Pak­istan though have par­lia­men­tary sys­tems, are in­cluded for the fact that “they are in con­stant state of in­ter­nal and ex­ter­nal war. Iraq is also fac­ing some eco­nomic em­bar­goes that may put it in this po­si­tion.”

He said of the 18 World Most Cor­rupt Coun­tries, 14 have pres­i­den­tial sys­tems. He ex­plained that Iraq, So­ma­lia and Libya are in­cluded in the list be­cause “they are just com­ing out of a war sit­u­a­tion.”

On the other hand, he said of the 20 World Least Cor­rupt Coun­tries, 17 are prac­tic­ing par­lia­men­tary sys­tem.

He said the pres­i­den­tial sys­tem in Nigeria gave birth to em­per­ors as state gov­er­nors and pres­i­dent, wan­ton cor­rup­tion and ex­ces­sive cost of gov­er­nance.

Other mem­bers sys­tem, among oth­ers.

sug­gested semipres­i­den­tial semi-par­lia­men­tary,

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