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Akintola, YCE, NAPAN seek discard of presidential system

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As Nigeria marks her 60th Independence anniversary, groups and Nigerians, yesterday, urged overhauling of the nation’s constitution and structure.

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Speaking with The Guardian in Ibadan, they said the dreams and visions of the founding-fathers had not been fulfilled despite huge endowments.

General-Secretary of National Association of Public Affairs Analysts (NAPAN), Jare Ajayi, said: “It is regrettable that at 60, despondency still characterises the air in Nigeria. This was in sharp contrast to what was obtained 60 years ago.”

Also, General Secretary of Yoruba Council of Elders (YCE), Dr. Kunle Olajide, said it was imperative to revert to the parliamentary system.

In the same vein, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Chief Adeniyi Akintola, said: “We were on the right track when we started. As at that time, there was healthy competition among the regions.

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“Our economy cannot just sustain this presidential system we are operating. The parliamentary system will be better.”

The king of Yoruba in Gombe State, Oba Abdulrauf Alao Yusuf, has cautioned against divisive tendencies.

He also identified weak and bad leadership as main bane against development.

Oba Yusuf, who poke with The Guardian in his palace, said: “There is no way you can have people of different histories and cultural values in a place without occasional misunderstandings. We should rather be willing to sort out our problems with convincing sincerity.”

He urged the ban of politicians that use ethnicity to the campaign.

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