Fika: Why Nige­ria should abol­ish mil­i­tary-im­posed pres­i­den­tial sys­tem

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Balarabe Alka­s­sim, Bauchi

A for­mer Sec­re­tary to the Govern­ment of the Fed­er­a­tion (SGF) and Head of the Fed­eral Civil Ser­vice, Al­haji Adamu Fika, has called for the abo­li­tion of pres­i­den­tial sys­tem in the coun­try.

“We should do away with this ex­pen­sive and cor­rupt ex­ec­u­tive pres­i­den­tial sys­tem which lacks gen­uine checks and bal­ances. It has proven to be un­suit­able for our coun­try. It was never the wish of Nige­ri­ans but was im­posed on them by the mil­i­tary.

“We should re­visit the sys­tem of par­lia­men­tary sys­tem based on the 1963 con­sti­tu­tion with nec­es­sary amend­ments to bring it up-to date,” Fika said in Bauchi on Tues­day while chair­ing a lec­ture or­ga­nized by the Alumni As­so­ci­a­tion of Ah­madu Bello Univer­sity (ABU) to com­mem­o­rate the 3rd an­niver­sary of the Bauchi State Gover­nor Mo­hammed Abubakar.

Fika, who was rep­re­sented by a for­mer Regis­trar of Bayero Univer­sity Kano (BUK), Al­haji Sani Ibrahim Aminu, said un­less the prin­ci­ples and prac­tice of good gov­er­nance prac­ticed by Nige­ria’s found­ing fa­thers were read­opted, the coun­try would con­tinue to be back­ward.

The elder states­man also said the na­tion should re­con­sider whether or not to con­tinue with a two-cham­ber leg­is­la­ture or not which he also de­scribed as ex­pen­sive to main­tain.

He said be­fore 1960 there was no Se­nate, point­ing out that it was in­tro­duced as a counter bal­ance to the north­ern re­gion which had more mem­bers in the then House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

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