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17/09/2020

Constitution amendment: ARG charges NASS to take a different approach

Afenifere Renewal Group (ARG) recommends to the National Assembly it has no need re-inventing the wheel regarding its latest attempt at Constitution writing or re-writing and its invitations to Nigerians for memorandum on the same subject.

Need we admonish the leadership of the Assembly that Nigerians are tired of their cyclical ritual which guzzles huge Nigerian hard-earned resources but yields nothing each time the attempt had been made. We have no doubt in our mind that this latest exercise if not aborted now will go the path of the previous ones.

ARG reiterates again the need for a complete restructuring of Nigeria and it is certain now that piecemeal initiatives like that of the National Assembly can no longer save our country from the consistent slide that has been the trend since the military violently overthrew democratic governance in 1966 and had deliberately foisted on Nigerians a caricature of a federation constitution which at best is unitary but had the singular effect of establishing a colonial structure enabled by the domination of one ethnic group over all others. This is no longer feasible nor acceptable. An immediate retreat is compulsory if the country is to be saved from utter destruction.

...piecemeal initiatives like that of the National Assembly can no longer save our country from the consistent slide that has been the trend since the military violently overthrew democratic governance in 1966

We call the attention that this government should immediately convoke a National a constitutional Conference in which representation is countrywide and reflects all the ethnic nationalities that makeup Nigeria. Anything short of this would mean that President Buhari and his government is now ready to take the reports of the 2014 National Conference and the El-Rufai committee on Restructuring out of the archives and commence an immediate implementation of the decisions taken therein.

After all, no one has suggested that the Conference was peopled by non-Nigerians or aliens from Mars. Also, members of that conference are not the worst enemies of Nigeria like violent herdsmen and bandits. The members of that conference love Nigeria more than the hypocrites condemning its outcome.

Signed

Kunle Famoriyo

Publicity Secretary

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