Democracy Not the Ideal System for Nigeria, Says Former ANPP Acting National Chairman

Former Acting National Chairman of the defunct All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP), Chief Alani Bankole, has expressed his belief that democracy may not be the most suitable system of government for Nigeria. However, he emphasized the necessity for Nigeria to adopt a governance system distinct from military rule.

Bankole, who is also the father of former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Dimeji Bankole, argued that any chosen system of government must take into account Nigeria’s unique circumstances and be well-equipped to address the nation’s challenges.

He made these remarks on Friday after being unveiled as the Apena of Egbaland by the Alake of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo, at the Ake Palace in Abeokuta, the capital of Ogun State.

Bankole asserted, “I do not agree that democracy is the best for Nigeria. In Saudi Arabia, there is no democracy, yet the people there are content, and they are making progress with their resources being fairly distributed. However, military government is not an alternative to democracy, but I think, given the changing world, people should begin to explore alternative systems of government, though certainly not autocracy.”

The octogenarian also highlighted that the primary merit of democracy lies in the fact that political leaders cannot rule indefinitely. He noted that the way democracy functions in the United States differs from the United Kingdom and is significantly distinct from the way it is practiced in Africa, where institutional checks and balances are often lacking.

Bankole emphasized that Nigeria has not yet developed to a level where it can establish robust institutions of checks and balances.

In response to Bankole’s remarks, the Alake of Egbaland reiterated his call for constitutional roles for traditional rulers in Nigeria, stressing that monarchs cannot afford to remain passive observers in the nation’s affairs. He emphasized the pivotal role that traditional rulers play in maintaining peace throughout the country.

Source: Daily Post

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