Osinbajo would make a great prime minister to Buhari’s ceremonial presidency

By Olu Fasan

IMAGINE this scenario. President Muhammadu Buhari is a ceremonial president, a titular head of state. Professor Yemi Osinbajo is the prime minister and head of government, with powers to appoint ministers and constitutionally in charge of running the country.

So, what would happen? Well, Nigeria would still have the aloof and laid-back president it currently has, but it would probably have a dynamic, reformist and go-getting prime minister. That won’t solve all of Nigeria’s problems, but it would address one critical weakness: the lack of government efficacy.

That governance arrangement, known as parliamentary system of government or a hybrid between presidential and parliamentary systems, exists in 147 of the 193 member states of the United Nations. Furthermore, studies have shown that countries that practise the parliamentary or hybrid system of government are, on average, more successful than those where power…


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