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Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC). Prof. Itse Sagay, Wednesday said Nigeria is not ready for the operation of liberal democracy.
According to him, the Federal Government needed to apply strength and discipline in operating the democratic dispensation to speedily develop the country.
Sagay stated this at the 27th Convocation Lecture of the Federal University of Technology Minna with the title “Nigeria: The Travails of An Animal Kingdom”, on Wednesday.
He said that Kuan Yew applied the method in Singapore and rescued the country from poverty, misery, chaos and underdevelopment by being firm and determined in the use of power.
He said that today Singapore was a first world country and a popular destination for Nigerians.
“Nigeria is not yet ready for operation of a liberal democracy. All we have done is to abuse, abuse and abuse again; all the privileges of rule of law, human rights and democracy are conferred on us by the constitution.
“We must now utilise our creative powers to operate our constitution without giving room for all these abuses.
“We need democracy, not democrazy we are operating now where all members of a legislative chamber will abandon the chamber and accompany one other member, charged with criminal offence, to intimidate a lawful tribunal”, he said.
He added that this act had two implications: endorsement of alleged infraction and abandonment of duties for which enormous remunerations had been self awarded.
“We cannot have a situation in which the legislature, in a feat of petulance, rejects every bill, refuses to confirm executive nomination, postpones consideration of the budget and refuses to consider it because the executive will not be dictated to regarding the officials it appoints to carry out executive responsibilities.
“We cannot tolerate a situation in which 30-60 Senior Advocates of Nigeria accompany a colleague under trial to court in order to intimidate the trial judge. That is gross misconduct on the part of senior advocates,” he noted.
Sagay advised that “Nigeria should stay with President Muhammadu Buhari and vice President Yemi Osinbajo” if the country was to get to the promise land.
“Buhari and Osinbajo have absolute integrity; if we don’t use them now, I don’t know when next we will have leaders like them,” he said.