- Femi Falana has accused Obasanjo of refusing to act on the minority report on the Nigerian constitution on the two occasions he governed the country
- Falana claimed that the Nigerian constitution is bedevilled by loopholes and controversial sections
- The human rights lawyer said the 'Not too young to run' issue was resolved by the minority report Obasanjo refused to recognise
Nigeria’s human rights lawyer, Femi Falana, has asked citizens to hold the former president of the country, Olusegun Obasanjo, responsible for the challenges in the Nigerian constitution.
Falana, who spoke at the launch of the minority report written by Professor Olusegun Osoba and Yusufu Bala Usman, argued that the loopholes in the 1979 and 1999 constitutions would have been resolved if Obasanjo was serious.
The lawyer accused Obasanjo of refusing, in 1976, to accept and implement the minority report and draft constitution for the Federal Republic of Nigeria written by Osoba and Usman.
Obasanjo was the head of state at this period.
Falana argued further that the controversy that surrounds the birthplace of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and what qualifies someone to be a citizen of Nigeria were clearly resolved in the minority report.
Vanguard quoted Falana as saying: “Unknown to the ‘Not Too Young to Run’ campaigners (who sometimes make a fetish of age in politics), Osoba and Usman had recommended in section 145 of their own draft constitution way back in 1976 the minimum age of 30 as part of the qualifications to contest for the office of president or governor."
Falana added that the constitutional immunity for the president and governors and their respective deputies was hotly contested by Osoba and Usman during the making of the 1979 constitution.
”Other similarly remarkable provisions encapsulated in the draft, but were regrettably rejected by the Obasanjo regime, include those on accountability by those in power; the purpose and management of political parties as well as the appointment of a prime minister by the elected president for the purpose of diffusing power."
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He described the constitution as verbose and laden with technical loopholes as well as having some contradictory provisions.
Legit.ng earlier reported that Olusegun Obasanjo was recently accused by a member of the House of Representatives, Johnson Agbonayinma, of selling the Apo legislative quarters because of his third term agenda.
The accusation was made by the lawmaker, on Wednesday, April 24, when his colleague, Segun Adekola, moved a motion that the name be changed to Apo legislators quarters.
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