Presidential system as huge burden

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A people’s hope in any democracy is good governance from the system of government put in place and also the activities of political party at the helm of affairs. Most important is the improvement in the standard of living of the majority of the population. Where this is lacking, there is then poor political service delivery. This naturally leads to apathy towards the party and the system of government in place.
My main focus here is not on the activities of political parties since the transition to civil democracy in 1999. I shall be looking at the American model presidential system we seem to practise in Nigeria. Except the ruling elites who are hypocritical about the general situation in our country since this journey through our civil democracy, it is now clear to all that this is not the democracy our people fought the military dictatorship for. The presidential system we now hang on our neck as a nation has become a heavy load not allowing our country to move forward. The presidential system in the Nigerian context has become too corrupted and expensive.
While so much is channeled towards sustaining the presidential system, very little or nothing is left to meet the yearnings and aspirations of our people. While the operators and beneficiaries of the system have become more comfortable, the Nigerian people at the receiving end have become poorer and more pauperized. We need to reduce cost of governance at both federal and state tiers of government. There is need to cut down over-bloated numbers of political office holders and personal aides. We need a general review of remuneration of all political office holders.
We are in a worst case scenario where many states have become failed states in Nigeria. Many of these failed states need financial bailout to run an effective government of the day
In this era of serious economic recession, do we need two ministers in a ministry? Do we really need permanent secretaries and many director-generals on one ministry? Why these coterie of personal aides and advisers from these governors of failed states.
We need reduced members of the legislative arm (Federal & State) instead of the present crowd. What it takes to sustain and maintain this crowd since our democracy in 1999 is alarming. The legislative arm has become another conduit pipe through which the resources of this country is plundered and wasted. It is my candid opinion that an urgent review of the presidential system is imperative.

Isiaka Ajanah
Lokoja, Kogi state


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