In order to save Nigeria, the Northern Elders Forum, NEF, has proclaimed that it is time to return to the drawing board.

The forum’s convener, Prof. Ango Abdullahi, said this during the presentation and launch of Dr. Umar Ardo’s book, “Court and Politics,” in Abuja.

He underlined that rather than blaming, it is better to return to the past when Nigeria did things correctly. He reiterated his demand for a parliamentary form of government, labelling Nigeria’s more than two decades of experience with the presidential system as a “failed system.”

“The time has come for us to go back to the drawing board, so that this country can be saved. We have failed this country enough and this must stop. We have failed ourselves and we have no reason to complain.

“Particularly politically, we have no reason to complain. This event to me is an opportunity for us to talk to ourselves about our collective failure as a country.

“Today, we’ve just had power failure. 64 years after our independence, Nigeria still generates 4,000 megawatts of electricity, what a shame. 4,000 megawatts is not enough for one big house in another country.

“For those of us who from time to time go to Saudi Arabia on pilgrimage, I should remind you that the Haram (mosque in Saudi Arabia) uses 18,000 megawatts of electricity daily.

“But there is a country with more than 200 million people generating 4,000 megawatts of electricity after 64 years, something is wrong and it is wrong with everybody. Everyone is guilty. If we begin to point fingers, we won’t be able to solve the problem.

“For five years we tried parliamentary from 1960 to 1965 and to some extent in 1966. Now we have been trying the presidential system for 24 years and the failure is so glaring,” he said

Former PDP national chairman Uche Secondus also spoke, emphasizing the need for judicial reform and Nigeria’s need to learn from its past to prevent repeating its mistakes.

“As a political class, we are not lawyers, but I think our judicial system must be reformed. This is the opinion of the political class. Our system here in the country, be it civilian or military is based on sentiments and emotions into our law and politics.

“I believe that we have all failed and come short of the glory of God and we need to repent so that this country can be good for the next generation.

“Therefore, I recommend this book to be available to all Nigerians in the academia, legal and political, so that we can begin to learn from what happened in the past. No country ever succeeds without a past history,” he added

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