- Nigeria is set to begin its journey of the much-awaited constitutional amendment
- Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila is expected to inaugurate an adhoc committee to commence the process
- The event is expected to have guest speakers, goodwill messages and other programmes
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The House of Representatives is to begin the process of amending the 1999 constitution on Thursday, October 15.
A special adhoc committee will be formally inaugurated by Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila to signal the commencement of the process.
Headed by Deputy Speaker, Ahmed Idris Wase, the committee is expected to hold public hearings and collate views of a cross-section of Nigerians.
A statement by Wase's spokesman, Umar Mohammed Puma, giving details revealed that:
“The event, which is coming at a time when we are celebrating our 60th independence anniversary is expected to usher the House into a period of intense national engagement/conversation where relevant stakeholders and members of the public make their inputs to the constitution review process with a view to enacting laws that reflect the moral values and aspirations of the Nigeria people.”
Meanwhile, the Coalition of Oduduwa Descendants (COD) has disagreed with some activists' call for the secession of the Yoruba race from Nigeria.
The coalition said it believes that what Nigeria needs is an attitudinal change, truthful and purposeful leadership and not secession.
Speaking on behalf of the coalition, its president-general, Arokoyo Olumide, said from time immemorial, the descendant of Oduduwa have remained critical stakeholders of one Nigeria and cannot back out now.
Olumide while commending President Muhammadu Buhari for keeping Nigeria as one indivisible country said the president has given hope to citizens.
He also called on Nigerians and the international community to support the Buhari-led administration in pushing the country forward.
Similarly, the Patriotic Elders Council (PEC) has warned that the clamour for the restructuring of Nigeria in some quarters should not serve as a basis for threatening the country’s unity.
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Reacting to a recent call for restructuring by the general overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, the council said although restructuring in itself is not a bad thing, it said bringing such an issue up at a time the nation is being re-engineered for the better is counter-productive.
In its statement signed by PEC's national chairman and secretary-general, Muhammadu Ari Gwaska and Simon Shango respectively, the council urged Nigerian clerics to pray for Nigeria and speak against the evil of corruption and other vices plaguing the country.
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