Shettima, Fashola kick against calls for adoption of Parliamentary system 

By Abdulrasheed Akogun
The Vice-President of Nigeria, Alh. Kashim Shettima, former Governor of Lagos State, Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN) have both kicked against the clamour for jettisoning of the Presidential system of government in favour of reversion to parliamentary system of government.
Both men made this submission in Ilorin, yesterday at the 30th anniversary of Yusuf Ali & Co (Ghalib chambers), one of the leading law firms in the Country.
Babatunde Raji Fashola who was the Guest Speaker with spoke on the topic ‘Presidential or Parliamentary system of Government: Where is the Convergence’, disagreed with the call for reversion to parliamentary system, stressing that the proponents haven’t convinced Nigerians on how the system that once failed will serve the Country better.
He said “No President can restructure Nigeria without the support and participation of all stakeholders.
“What Nigerians want, that has led to consistent agitation for restructuring is nothing but a better life and not necessarily new documents.
“Is Nigeria’s problem the constitution or we the people. The term restructuring means different things to different people, thus the desires of restructuring agitators lack a uniform goal congruence.
“Any form of Democratic system is heavily reliant on the education of the Country. The more emphasise is placed on quality education which must provide sufficient knowledge and accustomation to the workings of government and system.
“Our desired Country can be achieved with the present system, if we have sincerity of purpose.
“We must retain our Presidential federal system. The rapidity with which the Head of Government can lose his seat in the parliamentary system of government is a major instability that a Country like Nigeria can’t afford to undertake for now” he stressed.
Throwing his weight behind the submission of the Guest Speaker, Vice-President, Kashim Shettima said “I align myself to all the submissions of Babatunde Raji Fashola. Our democracy won’t survive because of Presidential or parliamentary system of government, rather it’ll only survive if we all adhere to the rule of law.
“Legal practitioners have almost equal role to play in not only sustaining adherence to rule of law, deepening democracy, but also ensuring the unshakable sustainnace of good governance.
“The Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s government is unapologetically loyal to the Nigerian vision. We have sort refuge in the Presidential system having practiced parliamentary.
“We don’t need to go back to parliamentary system, because we’re desirous of a better Country. We can’t have our desired Country, without justice.
“Especially justice of wealth allocation and justice of fair and equal representation. Our government will continue to champion all needed reforms towards making Nigeria work for Nigerians” he stressed.


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