“A parliamentary form of government is necessary for Nigeria.” — Peter Obi

The Labour Party’s presidential candidate, Peter Obi, has emphasized how critical it is for Nigeria to move back to a parliamentary form of government.

He said that the country would see positive changes and improved governance as a result of this transition.

According to Obi, implementing a parliamentary system will guarantee the fair allocation of resources among various areas, improve accountability, and encourage effective representation.

Obi contends that Nigeria requires a parliamentary form of government in which the president can meet with the populace at least once a month.

At a talk on Tuesday at Harvard Law School in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, Obi made this claim.

Obi stated;

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 who 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.

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