Our democratic system encourages crisis, inequity, mediocrity, others – OGD
Former Governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, has faulted the kind of democracy practised in Nigeria as a system that cannot bring about the best in all spheres of our national interest.
Speaking as the Special Guest of Honour at the 2nd Annual Lecture of a media outfit, Freedom Online, held at the Alvan Ikoku Hall, Radisson Blu, Ikeja on Thursday, Daniel lamented that Nigeria is still operating a system that has been in practice since 1960 without a change which, he opined, cannot bring about any meaningful development.
He argued that no nation can thrive on a static ideology especially in this modern age with its attendant global evolution in all indices of development.
“That is why our democratic system has to be reviewed by way of restructuring or else it will give more room for constitutional crisis, inequity, mediocrity, injustice and corruption,” he said.
With the collapse of the Berlin Wall and the dropping of the Iron Curtain, the former governor said doors were closed against communism and socialism as political ideologies opening a new vista in the socio-political economy of the respective countries which paid off as their economies rose tremendously. Even China, he stated, has joined the fray and is now about the biggest economy in the world.
“What I am saying in essence is that if we continue to practise democracy without a drastic change, it cannot work,” he said.
“It will only make people poorer and hopeless. This is why the progressive minded politicians like myself and political pundits are clamouring for restructuring, which will address the challenges facing us as a nation and proffer meaningful solutions for the betterment of the people.”
On his retirement from partisan politics, he stressed that he thought it was better to leave the stage early enough for the younger generation to come up with fresh ideas and contribute their own quota towards developing the nation instead of the older ones sitting tight and counting years, which most African leaders have been accused og.
Daniel said he thought he should be praised for this bold step but was surprised when people reacted by saying he shouldn’t go into retirement that soon.
The Governor of Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, who was represented by Akin Oyebode (Jnr.), delivered the lecture titled ‘Fixing The Economy, Less Politics More Substance’, while former Governor of Abia State and Senator-elect Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu was the Chairman.
Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, was the Guest of Honour, while auniversity don, Professor Akin Onigbinde, delivered the keynote address.
Dignitaries at the event, hosted by the publisher of Freedom Online, Mr. Gabriel Akinadewo, include the Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland, Oloye Gani Adams; former Minister of Special Duties, retired Navy Captain Caleb Olubolade; Mr. Dotun Oladipo and Nollywood actor, Bolaji Amusan among others.