ABEOKUTA—Former Secretary – General of Commonwealth, Chief Emeka Anyaoku, yesterday described the presidential system being operated in Nigeria as wasteful and called for a return to regional system of government where the country would be ran along six geo – political zones.
Chief Anyaoku who spoke in Abeokuta, Ogun State capital, at the fourth edition of Emeka Anyaoku Lecture series on “Good Governance” argued that the presidential system would not allow for genuine growth, healthy competition, development and peace of the constituent parts.
According to him, “I am worried and continued to be worried about Nigeria especially with the election coming in 2015. I agree with people urging our young ones to go out, register and vote to bring about the change we need but I must confess that the present structure of governance in this country is not one that will make for peace and stability of this country.
“It will not produce any improvement. We should look at the structure of this country. We were a lot better when we had a federation of four regions. We live at a time of serious national crisis. I believe our country is in a very serious crisis and I hope so that the current national conference will provide us with golden possibly unrepeated opportunity to discuss and arrive at a national consensus on how to get our country back to the right path.”
Similarly, a member of the House of Representatives, Honourable Abike Dabiri – Erewa, said only true federalism would save the country from her sundry challenges particularly corruption.
Dabiri, who was the guest speaker at the event, blamed the current nation’s woes on “leadership failure at the federal level,” and urged Nigerians particularly the youths to be part of the change being sought in the country.
She said: “We must practice federalism, there is no debate about it is the major challenge in Nigeria and you know what we think a certain section of the country does not want it. If you go to state like Zamfara, if you see what they have in terms of mineral resources, if they control their own resources, they would have been the richest state in Nigeria today.
“We have to practice real federalism which we are not doing. Our problem really is not about structure or no structure, it is about implementing what we have, is about political will and I think the major thing we must tackle now is corruption. If we don’t deal with the issue of corruption, we are going