- The 1999 constitution is a fraud according to middle belt and southern leaders
- They consequently asked the federal government to repeal 1999 constitution
- Going further, they lamented the worsening security situation in the country
In what might be offensive to Nigeria's ruling class, the 1999 Constitution has been described as fraud.
The allegation was levelled by prominent leaders from various ethnic groups from the South-West, South-East, South-South and the Middle Belt.
They said the constitution was a fraud put together to perpetually subjugate other nationalities under the control of the Fulani.
Going further, they consequently gave the federal government a 90-day ultimatum to constitute a committee on Sovereign National Conference to decide on the repeal of the 1999 Constitution or to dissolve Nigeria’s amalgamation of 1914, Punch reports.
They also claimed that the 1999 Constitution was responsible for the worsening insecurity and poverty in the land.
Those who signed the communiqué are former Plateau State Governor, Jonah Jang; Prof. Yusufu Turaki; a prominent historian, Prof. Banji Akintoye; President-General, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Nnia Nwodo; Commodore Ebitu Ukiwe; Senator Aniete Okon; and Fred Agbeyegbe.
Others include Air Commodore Indongesit Nkanga (retd.); Ambassador Godknows Igali; Fred Agbeyegbe, Rear Admiral Geoffrey Yange and Dr Kunle Oshodi.
Meanwhile, Nigerians have reacted to the latest development with many of them voicing their concern on social media.
Igbodiegwu Melford in his reaction on Facebook wrote:
"A right step in the right direction. The Constitution is useless and as such have not added any meaningful to the progress and prosperity of the fraudulently amalgamated federation.
"There's a lot of lacuna in the Constitution and this has been a loophole for injustice and corruption to thrive. The time has come for the Middle Belt, and Southern Nigeria to unite."
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Ovie Ebireri also wrote:
"A very welcome development. If that constitution doesn’t get re-written entirely to suit a true federal structure,even the best brains can’t achieve anything meaningful with it as it currently is."
Ekene Anaebo also added:
"Yes! We are now talking! What we need is Middle Belt and Southern Unity! When we speak with ONE VOICE, our oppressors get jittery. When we are DIVIDED, our oppressors trample on us to our faces. The root source of our predicaments is a useless document. Get rid of it, we start afresh with a true federalist constitution."
Nelson Oriarebun also wrote:
"Nigeria as it is presently constituted is a scam and a big fraud. The oppressor cannot continue to hold us down forever. Change is inevitable and the time is now. It can happen peacefully which is our prayers or violently, which ever way, change must happen."
Everich Otj added:
"The North has messed up for too long and people have accommodated their irresponsible attitude for too long. This is 21 Century and everyone must learn in a proper way or face the hard way."
Recall that Legit.ng had reported that the federal government has described as senseless the claim in certain quarters that the abduction of some students from a boarding school in Kankara, Katsina state, and their release was stage-managed.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, dismissed the claim on Saturday when he featured on a special edition of the Nigeria Television Authority programme, “Good Morning Nigeria’’
The special edition of the usual weekday programme dedicated to the rescue of the 344 school boys abducted from their school on Dec. 11 in Kankara.
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