Shettima: Nigeria does not need parliamentary system of govt

Vice-President Kashim Shettima has said the nation needs good governance rather than changing to a parliamentary system.

Shettima spoke in Ilorin, the Kwara state capital, on Saturday at the 30th anniversary of Yusuf Ali & Co. (Ghalib Chambers), a law firm.

Shettima stated that contrary to the much-canvassed parliamentary system of government, democracy can only thrive through adherence to the rule of law.

“Democracy can only survive by adherence to the rule of law and quality of governance, not by the parliamentary system as being canvassed by some people,” the vice-president said.

Also speaking, Raji Fashola, former governor of Lagis state  advised that the nation retain its federal system of government.

Fashola said rather than a call for the parliamentary system, there should be a cut in the “excessive” cost of governance.

“Let’s think deeply about why the parliamentary system failed us and have we overcome those reasons,” Fashola queried.

“Those calling for system change are instigated by economic reasons. If only they were confident the government would provide for their economic needs, they won’t chant this clamour for change.”

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