As I read the Nigerian Constitution, I’m realising the critical importance of the National and State Houses of Assembly.
Without them, there can be no meaningful long term political, regulatory or policy change in Nigeria.
By extension therefore, our Political Parties are equally important. If we were to nurture Parties with sound ideologies, strategies and values; and if those Parties were to throw up Legislators with integrity and ideas then they would propose and vote for sound laws.
A dream scenario would be to have the right Party with a majority (or strategic alliance) in the Legislature that is interested in sustainable change and not just having a deadlock on power like we have today.
Instead of being so fixated about the Central Government, perhaps we should also examine the structures that produce a sound Presidency – the Political Parties that sponsor him and the Legislators that limit or enhance his ability to make laws.