- A call has been made for the review of Nigeria's constitution
- The call was made by the Yoruba Summit Group (YSG)
- The YSG said that until the NASS reviews the constitution and comes up with a workable framework, it will be a risk to conduct the 2023 elections
A socio-political group from the southwest region known as the Yoruba Summit Group (YSG) has expressed its position on the call for a constitutional review in Nigeria.
In a statement made available to Legit.ng by the YSG's public secretary, Mogaji Gboyega Adejumo, the group stated that it is now a known fact that the nation is in desperate need of total change constitutionally.
The body said that even the planned review of the constitution by the Nigerian and the support for the same from the Northern Elders Forum readily Senate confirm this.
It went on to say that going by the menacing insecurity in the north and the dwindles state of the country's economy, there is now a general call for the National Assembly to sit up and do what many well-meaning Nigerians have been craving for a very long time.
The group said: "The banditry and insurgency ravaging the north, coupled with the dire state of the economy may have concentrated the minds of our northern brothers to what we have been saying all along. We need to sit down together to determine anew how different sections of our country would live together.
“Nigeria's future rests largely on its willingness to address major constraints to equity and justice, a functional structure, consistent good governance, security for all citizens, a credible electoral process, growing understanding between and among all groups and an economy that grows and narrows inequalities between and classes and regions."
Going forward, therefore, the YSG called on the NASS to set up a technical constitution drafting committee to work out a new framework into a document as basis for all ethnic nationalities.
It suggested that the committee should be mandated to come up with guidelines that will facilitate the voluntary reconfiguration and realignments by ethnic groups in the country for national peace.
The Southwest body pointed out that the guidelines are to constitute the subject of a national referendum in order to secure the consent of Nigerians.
It urged the National Assembly to adopt the doctrine of necessity once again, "by making the Law with provisions on processes to guide the historic transition from the 1999 Constitution until the enactment of a new Constitutional order is attained."
The YSG raised fears that unless the foregoing is implemented, there should be no election in 2023 except of course the nation's next leader wants to begin a gamble no patriot should be willing to take.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the NEF had faulted the Nigeria Senate’s call for memoranda on review of the 1999 Constitution.
The forum’s spokesman, Dr Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, at a press conference in Abuja on Sunday, August 30 asked Nigerians not to support the proposed constitution review, saying it is a waste of resources when the Nigerian economy is experiencing challenges.
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