Former Governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, has criticized the kind of democracy being practised in Nigeria since 1960.
Daniel, in his remark as a special guest of Honour at the 2nd Annual lecture of a media organization, Freedom online, in Ikeja Lagos, described the Nigeria democracy as that which will mar the spheres of the national interest.
He stressed that the democratic system has to be reviewed through restructuring, adding that if not so, the system will give more room for a constitutional crisis, inequity, mediocrity, injustice and corruption.
“Our democratic system has to be reviewed by way of restructuring or else it With the collapse of the Berlin Wall and the dropping of the Iron Curtain,” he said
“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 me and political pundits are clamouring for restructuring which will address the challenges facing us as a nation and proffer meaningful solutions for the betterment of the people.”
Speaking on his retirement from politics, the former governor said it was better to quit it so that younger generations can come up with fresh ideas and contribute their quota to the development of the country.
Daniel, however, noted that he should be lauded for the step to retire from politics, but was amazed that people reacted by asking him not to retire yet.
The event was graced by Governor of Ekiti State, Dr Kayode Fayemi, who was represented by Akin Oyebode, former Governor of Abia State and Senator-elect Dr Orji Uzor Kalu, Mr Gabriel Akinadewo included the Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland, Oloye Gani Adams; former Minister of Special Duties, retired Navy Captain Caleb Olubolade; Mr Dotun Oladipo and Nollywood actor, Bolaji Amusan among others.
Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, was the Guest of Honour while a University don, Professor Akin Onigbinde delivered the keynote address.