Former Gubernatorial Candidate of Movement for Restoration of Democracy and Development (MRDD), Retired Colonel Suleiman Babanawa has said Nigerian democracy is the most expensive in the world.
Speaking at the commemoration of the 10th year anniversary of Conference of Nigerian Political Parties (CNPP), Kogi State Chapter in Lokoja, Babanawa who was Guest Speaker at the event noted that his assertion was in view of the overhead cost of governance and its lack of corresponding development in the country.
Babanawa presented a paper on Nigerian Democracy to an audience that had members of the CNPP from the 21 Local Government Areas of Kogi State, People’s Democratic Party (PDP) executives, commissioners and special advisers, as well as the traditional head of Lokoja.
In his paper, he reiterated that democracy still remained the best form of government for Nigeria while a military system of government is an aberration. He however advised that the legislative arms of government should be made less attractive and should be on part time basis, adding that the huge amount used for salary of the legislators could be used for other developmental projects.
The CNPP Chairman, Mr Abubakar Aliu stated that the CNPP in the last ten years in the state has fared well on his role as umbrella body for political parties, adding that it has provided peace in the state for a touted fledgling democracy. He also stated that at critical moments they have subjected the government to listening to dispassionate and unbiased analyses.
Represented by the State Commissioner for Science and Technology, Dr Abdulmumuni Usman, Kogi State Governor, Idris Wada was later honoured with the Grand Patron of the CNPP. Also honoured was a traffic controller whom the CNPP said has been very dedicated to his work.