- Nigeria's constitution should be scrapped, according to Itse Sagay
- The senior lawyer said the country should adopt the 1963 Republican charter
- Going further, Sagay lauded the APC's report on restructuring
Professor Itse Sagay, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, has called for the scrapping of Nigeria's constitution.
He made this recommendation when he appeared on Channels TV Politics Today on Monday, May 24.
According to him, the 1963 Republican Constitution addresses everything that is being agitated for in the country and can help halt the turmoil that has rocked the nation.
“If we had that, with amendments here and there to make it accommodate states rather than regions which we used to have, I think all these agitations will die down and everybody will be happy."
Meanwhile, he made the following observations:
- The report should be implemented in a new constitution
- The setting up of the committee is an indication that Buhari wants federalism and devolution of powers.
- There was peace in Nigeria when governance was being controlled at the regional level
- Nigeria needs a clean departure from the current constitution
- The current constitution is unitary parading as a federal constitution
In another report, the leader of the pan-Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere, Pa Ayo Adebanjo identified the 1999 Constitution as the nation's problem, saying he cannot stay under the current structure Nigeria operates.
Adebanjo who made the remark during a zoom event on Sunday, May 23, described the 1999 Constitution as fraudulent. While reiterating that restructuring will solve all insecurity issues in the country, Adebanjo called for a new constitution.
The Afenifere chieftain also insisted that he does not want secession, adding that governors have no powers over the police. He lamented that those who are in the position of arresting killer-herdsmen are the people protecting the suspects.
Meanwhile, the minister of information and culture, Lai Mohammed, has discouraged the calls for secession by some groups in the country. The minister described the calls for secession as unacceptable
Mohammed made the statement on Thursday, May 20, during his speech at the opening ceremony of the 2021 Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR) held in Bauchi state.
The minister who joined the programme virtually urged Nigerians not to allow current challenges jeopardise the country’s unity.