My Country Nigeria, Way Forward- Kehinde Abdul

Nigeria

Wednesday was the 5th of May, 2021 which made it exactly 22 years that our current 1999 Constitution came into existence.

 

 

The 1999 Constitution commenced operation on 5th day of May, 1999

 

 

To me 2023 looks near but still very far for us to do the needful on our 1999 Constitution before the General election.

 

 

The time as come for us to do away with the lies we have been feeding ourselves with, which is particularly contained in the PREAMBLE of the 1999 Constitution at page 22 precisely. It says and I quote:

” WE THE PEOPLE of the Federal Republic of Nigeria:

HAVING firmly and solemnly resolved:…”

 

 

May I humbly ask at this juncture; the day, time and place or occasion that WE THE PEOPLE of Federal Republic of Nigeria sat and resolved to give ourselves a constitution? This wooden lie to ourselves did not start today or even in 1999. Our 1963, 1979 and also the 1989 Constitution that never saw the light of the day had similar provision in them. The closest constitution of the people was the 1946 Richards Constitution in Nigeria.

 

 

The only thing that is discernible in the intent of the drafters of the constitutions mentioned above, including our current 1999 constitution is that it is our desire to sit as citizens of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and give ourselves a befitting constitution that will be agreed upon in truth and in fact, so why not do the needful once and for all and put an end to all these agitations here and there.

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THERE IS STILL ENOUGH TIME before 2023. I humbly submit.

 

 

Kehinde Abdul

Principal Partner In Kehinde & Co, Legal Practitioners.

 

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