Former Governor Ogun State Otunba Gbenga Daniel has lamented over the present way Nigeria is been ruled, called it an archaic system which cannot bring about any meaningful development.
He spoke as a special guest at the 2nd Annual Lecture of a media outfit, Freedom Online, held at the Alvan Ikoku Hall, Radisson Blu, Ikeja on Thursday.
According to him, 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 a constitutional crisis, inequity, mediocrity, injustice, and corruption”.
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 practice democracy without a drastic change, it cannot work. It will only make people poorer and hopeless. This is why the progressive-minded politicians like myself and political pundits are clamoring for restructuring which will address the challenges facing us as a nation and proffer meaningful solutions for the betterment of the people.
Africa News24 reports he stressed that it is 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.
He, however, quipped that he thought he should be praised for this bold step but was surprised when people reacted saying he shouldn’t go into retirement that soon.