Constitution we are operating upon is a corrupt one - Clarke

Constitution we are operating upon is a corrupt one - Clarke

- Chief Robert Clarke called for the abandonment of the 1999 constitution

- The senior advocate said the current system allows corruption to fester

- Clarke said the Constitution itself is corrupt and thus undermines Buhari's war on the menace

Chief Robert Clarke has said that President Muhammadu Buhari is handicapped by the system of government he is leading.

Clarke who was a guest on Channels Television on Sunday, October 13, said the 1999 constitution which “allows corruption to rear its head in every field of endeavour cannot be fighting corruption.”

The senior advocate of Nigeria said the current system is the one creating corruption making it difficult for the anti-corruption fight to thrive.

He said: “You have a government that is fighting corruption whereas the system you are operating to fight the corruption is also breading the corruption. The system allows corruption to thrive.”

Clarke said corruption cannot be eradicated under the current system and suggested that the 1999 constitution be discarded.

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He said: “The constitution we are operating upon is a corrupt one… Let us change the constitution and restructure.”

Meanwhile, the chairman of Northern Elders Forum, Professor Ango Abdullahi stated that the north can keep power for 100 years if it likes, saying democracy is all about numbers and the region has the numerical strength to achieve it.

Abdullahi stated this while speaking on perceived permutations as Nigeria looks forward to another general election in 2023. He said the north will only support candidates from the region in the race for 2023 presidency.

He emphasized that zoning or power shift, which many southern leaders are agitating for is unconstitutional and would not be supported by northern leaders.

Asked if there was an unwritten agreement among northern leaders to oppose the return of the presidency to the south in 2023, Abdullahi said it was only the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that had a power shift agreement, adding that it is not in the Nigerian constitution.

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