Interim govt should replace Buhari with me as head – Okotie says at 63
The Founder, Household of God Church International, Rev. Chris Okotie, says an interim national government should take over at the expiration of President Muhammadu Buhari’s tenure.
He stated this during a sermon at his church’s headquarters located at Oregun, Lagos, in commemoration of his 63rd birthday.
Okotie, who put his name forward to lead the interim government, explained that the current presidential system of government in Nigeria has caused more pains than gains to Nigerians, particularly the masses.
He proposed scrapping the National and State Assemblies as well as political offices to save costs.
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According to him, “some political parties were formed by rich men for selfish purposes so that they can impoverish the masses and that is why the prices of nomination forms have gone beyond the reach of a common man”.
He advised the presidential candidates of political parties to redirect their energies being used to seek votes to support the interim government he is poised to lead.
Okotie said that was the only way true democracy could be achieved in Nigeria.
Naming some of the presidential candidates, the cleric said, “My message to Abubakar Atiku is to ensure peaceful atmosphere so that we can tackle the challenges facing the nation. Remember, Nigeria has been good to you and it is time you pay back.
“To Bola Ahmed Tinubu, you have shown your strength at the primaries but I want you to divert it towards emancipation of the masses by supporting the interim government for the sake of our people.
“To Peter Obi, I know you are a trader, kindly use your expertise to build the nation’s economy. The existing system is faulty and that is why I am asking you to support an interim govt that will heal the wounds of our people,”
He said that if appointed to head the interim government, he would scrap all political parties and empower professional associations.
“Some professional associations like National Teacher’s Association NTA, Nigerian Medical Association NMA, and Nigerian Bar Association NBA, have been in existence before the existing political parties and it will do well to tap from their knowledge rather than committing professional affairs into the hands of minister’s and commissioners,” Okotie said.
He added that the national and state assemblies should be made voluntary.
“The expenses that the National and State Assemblies are gulping, are enough to build a nation..Let us scrap them and divert the fund to meaningful projects.
“We don’t need political parties to govern Nigeria, let us change from presidential to federalism government or state autonomy.
“The Constitution that was handed over to us by foreigners is not working, so,
“Nigerians should begin a conversation that will lead to an interim government immediately after Buhari’s regime,” Okotie said.