“Nigeria has become a failed State under President Buhari” – Former House Speaker, Ghali Na’Abba

…Advocates return to parliamentary system as present one promotes ‘maximum dictatorship’ of  Executive President 

A former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Ghali Umar Na’Abba, has described Nigeria as becoming a failed State under the President Buhari-led administration.

Na’Abba, who served as Speaker of lower legislative Chamber from 1999 to 2003, stated this during a Liberty TV discussion programme: “State of the Union” yesterday.

While lamenting on the current degenerating insecurity situation in the country, Na’Abba said all the relevant sectors, from the economy, education to security are not working and expressed his regret that nothing is going right.  According to him, “Politics in Nigeria has not grown since 1999, hence the reason for where we are now”.

He accused the administration of not listening to anyone but itself, which according to him has put most of the citizens in the country on edge. 

On the issue of insecurity, the ex-Speaker expressed his support for dialogue between the Government and the bandits, saying most of the problems being experienced are social problems and should be dealt with from that perspective.

Regarding the comments made by the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Magashi (rtd) on the perennial herders/farmers clashes, Na’Abba said it showed a clear abdication of duty and a failure of leadership, which according to him, has further eroded whatever confidence the people had in the government.

Na’Abba explained that part of the problem of the herders/farmers clashes is caused by climate change, and advised the Government to begin to look towards addressing headlong, in order for these clashes to be nipped in the bud. He also expressed his regret that the leadership recruitment process in the country had been hijacked by a few politicians.

The former House Presiding Officer said he is of the view that Nigeria should as a matter of urgency begin to consider adopting the parliamentary system of government as an option, because “it is easier for people to hold government to account”.

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