Elder statesman and Secretary-General of the Yoruba Council of Elders, YCE, Dr Kunle Olajide has called for a unicameral legislature on a part-time basis, decentralization of the policing system, elimination of domination and cutting down of electoral expenses.
Dr Olajide made the call during a radio programme in Osogbo.
The elder statesman noted that the present system of government-operated in the country had become so expensive that politicians were no longer into politics to serve but to make money.
According to him, “politics is not a business venture but a service vocation. In Nigeria, it is now a business venture. 90 per cent of people in politics are there to make money. We now have businessmen in politics. Politics is 100 per cent commercial.
“The system is unfair and unjust. It must be dismantled and a people’s constitution adopted.
“The constitution must be discarded and a more realistic one adopted. The political system cannot serve us well again. It is better for a politician to be elected where they are known.”
While acknowledging that Nigeria is made up of different nationalities, he maintained that a truly federal constitution will make each federating unit of the country to explore and deploy its resources according to the potentials of the people, adding that royalty will be paid to the federal government.
He explained that he was not in support of the present clamour for restructuring because it was more than state creation.
“Restructuring involves two major factors; the first being that it evolves out of the constitution. It also vests enormous powers on our elected officials. The bane of Nigeria woes is our constitution.
“Secondly, the constitution gives us the political system; in this case, the presidential system of government.
“Restructuring is both financial and political. My preference is for this country to be properly managed by patriotic and courageous leaders.
Olajide stressed that Nigeria could not achieve success with the present system because the central government has been unresponsive to agitations that something should be done to improve the worsening situation in the country.
He observed that Nigerians were suffering immensely with a poverty rate of 19% and an unemployment rate of 33% while the government is insensitive and distant to their pains.
“All the people are saying is that they want a change in the constitution where the reality of the Nigerian state will be made a priority.”
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