Restructure Nigeria into 8 regions, parliamentary democracy - Group - NEWS FRONTIER DAILY


Sunday, April 21, 2024

Restructure Nigeria into 8 regions, parliamentary democracy - Group

An Edo State based group, God and People Prayer Parliament, has called for the restructuring of Nigeria into eight regions and as well adopt parliamentary system of government to separatist agitations across the land.

National Chairman of the group, Dr. Dele Oluwatade, while presenting the group's proposal in Benin City, explained that in the proposed arrangement, President Bola Tinubu would transmutate to a Prime Minister as Head of Premiers of eight regions to birth a new stable Nigeria Federation and calle as d on the National Assembly to provide needed structures for the debate of restructuring the country to commence. 

The group noted that at independence, there were very significant intentional democratic mistakes or omissions in the  parliamentary system of the first republic which led to its failure.

According to Oluwatade, the omissions included absence of provision for a referendum clause, lack of provision for an exit clause from the federal union and the definition of the territorial integrity of the federating regions in the Constitution of the country at the time.

He said "The absence of necessary democracy stabilizers led to the mismanagement of the "crisis in the West". It was a regional internal affair that would have resolved the issue without declaring a state of emergency which whirlwind led to where we are today. Therefore for stable polity in Nigeria, there must be at least five democratic provisions in the constitution", Dr. Oluwatade noted.

He described Presidential system of government as "a drain Pipe Democracy" and the cause of the bottomless fiscal corruption in the country"

He said the parliamentary system is closest to the definition of democracy and "The second advantage of parliamentary system now is that Separatist agitations will calm down to embrace the new dawn, and join hands and hearts together to build their respective new Regions. 

"All marauding terrorists will stop or relocate to their Regions as there will be no more cover, as each region will tackle its security problems headlong without external interference. 

"Unification of splitted Ethnic Nationalities for cultural harmony and freedom from oppression. This is a major benefit of restructuring."

Dr. Oluwatade further stated that Parliamentary system promotes peaceful polity as regional government  helps politicians to work together in a more peaceful political climate compared to the presidential system. 

He said the armed forces and police would experience a new lease of life as they will now focus on the professional duties and have their lost respect and professional dignity restored.

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