- A Senior Advocate of Nigeria has described constitution amendment as the only solution to the problems plaguing the country
- According to Paul Ananaba, the country cannot achieve peace outside law
- The senior lawyer argued that there were constitutional requirements that need to be overhauled without further delay
A prominent Nigerian lawyer and Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Paul Ananaba, has said that the country can only find peace within the ambit of the law.
Ananaba who is also the chairman Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) section on public interest and development law, made this assertion while featuring as a guest on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily.
Legit.ng gathered that he said the basic law of the land is the constitution and as such, Nigeria can only achieve peace based on the constitution. He said without the constitution, there won't be peace in the country.
Reacting to a recent comment by Senator Olusola Adeye, who claimed that the constitution is a major problem hindering Nigeria from progress, Ananaba said he agrees with the lawmaker.
He said: “I agree with Adeyeye to the point that if we do not get it right in our constitution, then we cannot get it right generally."
Ananaba argued that there were constitutional requirements that need to be overhauled, adding that there is a need to look at the Constitution and “do a lot more work on it.”
The legal practitioner, however, stressed that the Constitution is fine but it is not the best that the nation needs in its experience. He said what the nation needs is to grow the Constitution from the people.
He said the Constitution should be given enough time, thorough consideration and it would come up to life.
Speaking on how to approach constitutional conferences, the senior lawyer said if there would be any move in this direction, then “each state, each geopolitical zone should sit and articulate what they think should be part of our constitution.”
He noted that what he is projecting is not an ‘amendment’, clarifying that in speaking of amendments, the National Assembly is in place.
Ananaba argued that if the nation is to continue on the trajectory of the federal system, then the Constitution should be less bulky than it is now and every state should have a constitution of its own.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that President Muhammadu Buhari, on Thursday, March 28, declined assent to five more bills that were passed by the National Assembly and forwarded to him to sign into law.
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