Osun State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola, says it will be beneficial for Nigeria to return to the parliamentary system of government.

He argued that the Nigerian political environment was not mature for a presidential system of government.

Aregbesola said this at the inauguration of the Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu Legislative Building in Amuwo Odofin Local Government Secretariat.

According to Aregbesola, the best form of government for all nascent democracies is a parliamentary system of government.

The presidential system of government, according to him, has a high tendency to breed dictatorship. He likened the president of Nigeria to a demigod who is over and above everyone and everything.

He further stated that the excessive power of the president was the reason behind the desperation of politicians to acquire and retain power at all cost.

He said, ?I am a strong opponent of the presidential system of government, particularly in an immature political environment like ours. There is a very high tendency for absolutism to develop in a presidential system of government.

?The best form of government for all nascent democracies is the parliamentary system of government because the legitimacy of the government in a parliamentary system is in the House (legislature), not elsewhere like we have in Nigeria.

?That is why we are battling with an imperial presidency in Nigeria. The president of Nigeria, by the provisions of the constitution, is a demigod. There is nothing beyond him. This explains the desperation to hold on to the power of the presidency and the desperation to get that power from whoever is holding it, is beyond human comprehension, which should not be the case.

?To break free from the mess that we have found ourselves, one of the things we must do is to revert to the parliamentary system of government where power resides absolutely with the legislature.?

The governor noted that he was part of the inauguration of the legislative building because it was a way of advocating the return to the parliamentary system of government.

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