Former Presidential candidate and publisher of Ovation International magazine, Dele Momodu has said that foreign system of democracy can not work in a country like Nigeria.
According to the 60-year-old pundit, the United States’ system of democracy which Nigeria has adopted for a while now can not be taken as a good yardstick for governing the country. He noted that every nation must imbibe its own system of democracy that suits its region.
The renowned Nigerian journalist made the disclosure while responding to a question on if there is a unified system of democracy that should be to practice by all.
He, however, noted that Nigeria has always seen the United States system of democracy as the best, “but that lately, it became obvious that even the democracy practised in the US is woeful.”
Speaking about Nigeria’s leadership since democracy came into place, Dele stated that Nigeria’s democracy has been a race between the military and the civilian.
He noted that the then head, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo was a military man and was succeeded by late Alhaji Umaru Musa Yar’Adua who also was a brother to a retired military general, Major General Shehu Musa Yar’Adua.
“By accident, we now have Dr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan who could be described as a full-blown civilian, but that was an accident because the then-president Alhaji Umaru Musa Yar’Adua died,” he said.
“After that, the next president was also a retired general, that is Muhammadu Buhari,” Dele added.
On the part of June 12 democracy day, he said, “Today we are hoping that as we move forward, the lesson we learnt from June 12 which election was held without oppression from the military would be a permanent practice in the country.”
Momodu noted that a peaceful election was held except for the fact that after the polls, some persons colluded to terminate the result. He, however, prayed that such would not be repeated in the country, and the system will be enjoyed in such a way that civilians would allow the rule of law to stay, and as well ensuring checks and balances are in place, where the judiciary can also hold anybody in check.
He noted that when the above are put in place, Nigeria can now celebrate the June 12 democracy day will full confidence. Chief Momodu calls for the unification of leaders and citizens so that the June 12 dream could be a reality in the country.
Meanwhile, The Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland, Gani Adams has described progress recorded in Nigeria’s democracy since the annulment of June 12 election as “a step forward and five steps backwards”.