- Femi Falana (SAN) and Balarabe Musa have blamed former president Obasanjo for the problems Nigeria is facing
- The human right activist and elder statesman said that some of Nigeria's major problems originated from the rejection of minority report
- Falana and Musa said that Nigerians deserve an apology from the former president because of the way he acted
Human rights activist, Femi Falana (SAN), and Balarabe Musa, elder statesman and former governor of Kaduna state, on Tuesday, April 23, said that former president Olusegun Obasanjo is the reason why Nigeria is facing several crises today.
The senior advocate and the Kaduna elder statesman said that Obasanjo put Nigeria into the mess that it is in now because he rejected the minority report of the Constitutional Drafting Committee of 1976, The Independent reports.
It should be recalled that the report was co-authored by Segun Osoba and Yusufu Bala Usman. The latter was the father of Hadiza Bala-Usma, the MD of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA).
Falana and Musa blamed the former president for Nigeria’s woe at the public presentation of the book titled Minority Report and Draft Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (1976) at the University of Lagos.
Falana who was the book reviewer said that most of the socio-economic and insecurity challenges like kidnappings and youth unemployment would have been solved if the minority report had been adopted. He said the Obansajo-led military regime rejected the report in a very hostile way that prevented any foreseeable solution to Nigeria’s problems.
He said: “Nigeria could possibly have avoided the current obstacles to genuine democracy and sustainable human development if some of the questions posed and the answers provided by Osoba and Usman, two leading lights of the Nigerian left, in their unambiguously progressive Report and Draft of 1976 had been considered.
“As part of the initial steps towards the transition to civil rule in 1975, the regime of General Murtala Mohammed gave a committee of 49 eminent Nigerians the job of producing a draft constitution for the Second Republic, which was scheduled to begin on October 1, 1979.
“Two members of the Constitution Drafting Committee (CDC) fundamentally disagreed on ideological grounds with the report supported by the majority of 47 others.”
The senior advocate said the report was presented to Obasanjo after Murtala Muhammed was killed in a military coup, adding that Obasajo’s rejection of the document was regrettable.
Balarabe Musa also said that Obasanjo should apologise to Nigerians for what he did, saying that the adoption of the document would have improved the country in great ways.
He said: “The Minority Report historically can be regarded to have arisen out of the experiences of the Nigerian Elements Progressive Union (NEPU) of the British colonial administration and the First Republic of Nigeria, the Nigerian workers organisations, students unions, Academic Staff Unions of Universities (ASUU), civil society organisations, etc.
“The experiences of the NEPU and the authors of the Minority Report also influenced the PRP’s five basic principles of value and the equality of human beings, the power of the people, socialism, genuine federalism, and total liberation from imperialism.
“Obasanjo was wrong to have rejected the minority report. If he had not done so, things would have been better for this country today.
“The minority report saw what will happen if it is rejected and since that report has been rejected, we have seen what has happened in the state of affairs of the nation today. I put the blame squarely on Obasanjo.”
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that Musa said that any increase in petroleum price will make a mess of the new minimum wage.
The elder statesman, in an interview, said that inflation had already made a mess of new minimum wage.
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