Friday, May 14

Scrap 1999 Constitution – Bisi Akande

A former interim chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Bisi Akande, on Tuesday, called for the dissolution of the 1999 Constitution, saying it protects criminal impunity in governance.

Akande said this at the Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA) during the launch of a book Nigeria: The path we refused to take written by the Secretary General of Afenifere, Bashorun Seinde Arogbofa.

Akande, who maintained that he constitution should be scrapped and a new one written for the benefit of the people, rather than amending it also emphasized that the the ongoing review efforts by the National Assembly would not solve the discrepancies in the constitution.

His words: “The 1999 constitution is the greatest Nigeria’s misadventure since Lord Lugard amalgamation of 1914. The constitution puts emphasis on spending money rather than making it.”

“The constitution breeds and protects practices and criminal impunity in governance. It can never be beneficially reviewed and the ongoing adjustment or amendment can only totally bloat the essence of national values and accelerate the amalgamation of Nigeria.”

The APC Chieftain however suggest a re adoption of the 1963 regional constitution, stressing that it will enable a transition for the writing of a more acceptable and unified constitution.

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