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  • Updated: April 17, 2024

Why parliamentary system is needed in Nigeria — Peter Obi

Why parliamentary system is needed in Nigeria — Peter Obi

Peter Obi, the Labour Party 2023 presidential candidate, has advocated for a parliamentary style of government in which the President interacts with citizens at least once a month.

During a talk at Harvard Law School in Boston, Massachusetts, Obi pushed for Nigeria to adopt a parliamentary governance structure.

He pointed out that Nigeria's presidential system is flawed, allowing leaders to avoid accountability during their four-year mandates.

Obi said: “What happens is, because of the presidential system that has no president in Nigeria today, we have a bad leader and he stays there for four years. When we have a parliamentary system, we can move a motion of no confidence within two or three years.

“If we are in a parliamentary system, a president will be a member of parliament. Today, if you elect me as President of Nigeria or Governor, I can remove myself entirely from being answerable to the people, just hire a gang of lunatics, talking rubbish every day.

“While, if it is a parliamentary system, during the President’s question time, he has to answer. He doesn’t have to hire anybody to speak for him. A president in Nigeria can decide not to talk to anybody for one year, and nobody cares because he has hired all these people to do the talking. If you say anything, they call you names; they do this.

“So, we need a parliamentary system where the president will be a member of parliament and will at least, even if it is once a month, answer the people who elected him; because we didn’t elect all these gangsters. We elected somebody, and we want the person to talk to us.”

Allnews.ng had reported that several members of the House of Representatives advocated for constitutional revisions to reinstate Nigeria's parliamentary style of governance.

The parliamentarians, numbering at least sixty, filed a measure to amend the 1999 constitution to restore parliamentary democracy to the country as it was under the first republic.

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