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Buhari helpless over herdsmen attacks – Akande

By Gbenga Olarinoye
Osogbo— Former Interim National Chairman of All Progressives Congress, APC, Chief Bisi Akande has that President Muhammadu Buhari should not be blamed for the killings in Benue and Taraba States by Fulani herdsmen but the system of government being operated in the country.

APC NEC Meeting : Interim National Chairman ,All Progressives Congress (APC) , Chief Bisi Akande (right), President  Muhammadu Buhari (middle) and a Party Chieftain , Ogbonaya Onu. File Photo

Speaking in his Ila-Orangun, Osun State  country home at a media parley, to mark his 79th birthday, Chief Akande said the good intentions of President Buhari would remain “mere dreams” in as much as the expensive and largely unaccountable presidential system of government is retained.

When asked the kind of advice he has given to the President to curtail the killings by the Fulani herdsmen, Akande admitted to Buhari being his good friend but blamed the system of government for the myriads of challenges facing the country.

He recalled his experience as governor of Osun state, when he had to make over 100 decisions that would affect several human lives per day, and yet, the control of key machinery of government to back up his decisions were never within his reach, and suggested a multi-party parliamentary democracy, saying the system would address all the challenges facing the country.

He said: “In Nigeria’s Presidential System of government, lawmakers are elected on party platforms, but as soon as they get to the parliament, the party on which platform they get the opportunity, becomes less important.

“All that is important at that level is the collective interest of the members of that parliament. Party’s programmes and manifestoes are no longer important. That has been the major problem facing the country. Let’s dump this corrupt presidential system and go for the more transparent parliamentary system.

As Osun Assembly, APC hail ex-gov at 79

Meanwhile, the Osun State House of Assembly and the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Osun State have hailed the former governor on his 79th birthday.

The Osun Assembly, in a statement by the Chairman, House Committee on Information and Strategy, Olatunbosun Oyintiloye described Akande as a foremost nationalist who has been able to attain several political offices through which he gave the state a solid foundation.

Also, the APC in a statement by its Director of Publicity, Research and Strategy, Mr. Kunle Oyatomi, said: “we join families and friends to honour our great leader and use this occasion to also celebrate some of his grand achievements.”


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