A Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Mike Ozekhome, has recommended that multiple vice-presidencies should be adopted in the country, so as to represent respective regions other than the region of the sitting president.
HausaToday reports that the legal practitioner suggested this while noting that none of the 2023 presidential candidates including Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu (All Progressives Congres, APC), Atiku Abubakar (Peoples Democratic Party, PDP), Labour Party’s Peter Obi can completely deal with the current challenges in the country.
According to him, the nation has suffered many falls already as it has derailed from the vision of its founding fathers.
Ozekhome opines that having regional vice-presidencies will be helpful as each of them would have supervising powers over some ministries to ensure equitable representation in the federal cabinet.
The SAN advocated for the amendment of the 1999 constitution, stating that if those in power do not want a change, the nation is likely to crumble.
“The presidential candidates cannot solve the problem of insecurity, poor economy, poverty, hunger and hopelessness that has enveloped the country,” Ozekhome said.
HausaToday reports that the SAN made his points while delivering a speech at the 2022 Independence Day Anniversary Lecture organised by the Ogun State chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in Abeokuta, the state capital.
Speaking on the theme: ‘Nigeria In Search For An Enduring Political Structure; Imperative Of Structural Reforms‘, Ozekhome said only restructuring and change of the system of government can save Nigeria from doom.
The senior lawyer insisted that virtually everything is wrong with Nigeria. “Insecurity, collapsed infrastructure, failure of the public school system, an economy in shambles. The list is endless,” Ozekhome said.
Ozekhome also advocated embracing the discarded Prime Minister system of government or dismantling and recoupling several of the institutions that help or hinder the country.
He called for “a serious re-examination of the 36 state structure as federating units vis-à-vis their fiscal/economic viability or their consolidation into six or more regions with economies of scale and higher investment rates.”