Former President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Rev. Supo Ayokunle has called for a home-grown democracy that would recognise the complexities of the nation’s nearly 500 ethnic nationalities as a solution to Nigeria’s lingering social economic and political challenges.
Featuring as a special guest on the BCOS television breakfast programme AM120 on Friday, Rev. Ayokunle faulted the existing constitution which was fused by a few Nigerians hand-picked by the military without giving due consideration to the peculiarities and interests of the diverse ethnic nationalities.
He said Nigeria needs to revisit and review its constitution and come up with a democracy that would give all a fair sense of belonging, rather than a system that confers the advantage of the population in a specific group for nationality to perpetually manipulate the choice of leadership and of national resources.
The former (CAN) president emphasized that true nationhood and democracy should not be all about who welds the simple majority among the federating units but a situation that would see the position of president rotating among the geo-political zones.
He said, while searching for the most competent person to rule the country, such search must take into consideration the fact that every individual ethnic nationality paraded an array of eminently competent and qualified persons, hence the search must give equal opportunity to all the ethnic groups within an ideal democracy.