Constitution review a ritual without progress, says Afenifere

Constitution review a ritual without progress, says Afenifere

- Afenifere has reacted to the Senate's call for the review of the Nigerian constitution

- The pan-Yoruba socio-cultural organisation described the latest invitation as a ritual without tangible progress to show for it

- The organization insists that restructuring is the only way forward for Nigeria

Afenifere, a pan-Yoruba socio-cultural organisation, has kicked against the call by the Senate for the constitution review, describing it as a ritual every four years without tangible progress to show for it.

The group who disclosed this at a virtual meeting presided over by its leader, Chief Reuben Fasoranti, insists that restructuring is the only way forward for the country, The Guardian reports.

Instead of carrying out another constitution review, Afenifere went on to recommend the adoption of the 2014 national conference reports as a basis of meaningful new constitutional review for Nigeria.

The organization further noted that it would be sad if Nigerians were taken through another motion without movement in the midst of its constitution disorder.

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Constitution review a ritual without progress, says Afenifere
Afenifere leader, Chief Reuben Fasoranti. Photo credit: (L) News Wire NGR (R) Daily Times.
Source: UGC

While faulting the Water Resources Bill, Afenifere explained that it was dangerous, adding that the bill seeks to convert waterways to Rural Grazing Area (RUGA) facilities for the federal government.

Afenifere in reaction to the recent increase in prices of petroleum products and electricity tariffs, described it as insensitive against Nigerians who are being ravaged by a pandemic without enough support from the government.

It said: “To ask Nigerians to pay more for these facilities is wickedness and inhumane. We call on the people to use all constitutional and peaceful means to resist and reject the hike."

Meanwhile, reported that amid the coronavirus pandemic, killings, kidnapping and banditry, the Yoruba Summit Group, has declared that nothing would stop Nigeria from impending collapse if the country is not restructured before 2023 general elections.

The group in a communique signed by Mogaji Gboyega Adejumo said that the ship of the country is veering off precariously into a precipice, adding that Nigeria is at the very edge of political subsidence.

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The group said it was persuaded that nothing short of restructuring can save the country, warning that any attempt to go ahead with elections in 2023 without addressing the issue of restructuring would spell doom for Nigeria.

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In another report, the federal government on Wednesday, September 2 came under fire from various groups over the hike in the ex-depot price of petrol from N138 to N151.56 per litre.

Spokesman of pan-Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere, Yinka Odumakin, said that the latest development was the fallout of the fake promises made to the electorate by APC to assume power over five years ago.

He also flayed Nigerians who he said failed to hold politicians to account for promises made to them during campaigns.

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