A group, Citizens Apex Parliament (CAP) has called for a brand new constitution as panacea to the socio-economic crisis bedevilling the country.
CAP in a petition to the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, demanded a stop to the on-going amendment of the 1999 Constitution, stating that it does not carry the views of ethnic nationalities.
The petition signed by leaders of CAP stated that it has over 175,000 active members drawn from distinct tribes and ethnic nationalities within the 36 federating states of the nation. It described the 1999 Constitution as a property of the Military, lacking people’s input, hence an albatross and encumbrance to nationhood.
‘’The perpetually amendable 1999 Constitution is a product of amended version of the 1979 Military Constitution truncated in 1985 by another set of military government, and was devoid of constitutional conferences and debates, town hall meetings public hearings, and workshops in line with international best practices’’
Further on, the 1999 Constitution, CAP said in the petition: “The constitution was drafted and adopted under the veil of military command and supervision without peoples’ template and guidelines that to the extent of its existence, remains grossly against the dictates of the 1960 Independent Constitution bequeathed to the people by our founding fathers.
It urged the National Assembly to stop what it termed frivolous, time wasting and biased constitutional amendment exercises usually done to protect the interest of the thieving elites. “It has never worked and cannot work, especially at this critical point in time when the federated division crack has widened to a point of ultimate implosion.