Buhari now not proper about conserving Nigeria together- Adebanjo…As Nwodo, Mimiko, others ask unique constitution
By Victor Ajihromanus
President-Overall of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, John Nwodo, elder statesman and Afenifere leader, Chief Ayo Adebanjo and usual Governor of Ondo Advise, Dr Olusegun Mimiko, possess described Nigeria’s constitution as illegal.
They spoke in a video convention organized by Governance Index titled: “Coronavirus Pandemic: Is it time to reevaluate the political building of the country?”
Opening the session, Nwodo acknowledged the constitution used to be given to Nigerians by a militia authorities which used to be now not elected, including that in 1999, politicians went into the election without radiant the parameter that can guide the democratic job.
He acknowledged the militia wrote the constitution and deserted regionalism.
On the video convention which used to be the fifth version of the weekly convention series: Covid-19: Turning a crisis into opportunities, being subsidized by the Governance Index, the President Overall of Ohanaeze Ndigbo acknowledged Nigerian political parties operate love corporations owned by shareholders, asserting there’s no such thing as a freedom to purchase candidates.
He acknowledged Nigeria’s electoral arrangement is the most imperfect, including that judiciary appears to be like incompetent.
Nwodo acknowledged:”We possess now never made a constitution for Nigeria, it used to be given to us by the militia authorities, which used to be now not elected, the composition of its legislative body used to be now not chosen by any parameter acknowledged to somebody.”
“They wrote the constitution and deserted the agreement our forefathers had with British when we got independence, for regional based totally authorities wherein every space has its safety, its bear economic pattern, with every exercising sovereignty over its sources and paid taxes to federal authorities to bustle usual companies and products for the federation, but this present day it is now not the case.”
“Boko-Haram has entirely paralysed our militia and rendered them incapable to fulfil their Constitutional duty to defend our Sovereign, there’s mutual distrust between the South and North, I imply some distance North, excluding heart belt. Working by your farms in any phase of Southern Nigeria or heart belt becomes a extremely horrifying. ”
Nwodo lamented that “our formative years who possess self-resolution exercises without carrying palms are called terrorist group, but herdsmen who are on rampage, who loot, abolish, and rape are treated with child gloves whereas their leaders threaten us on the Social media”
He added that “98 percent of heads of safety personnel within the South East are non-indigenes.
“About a of us that were educated in Europe and The United States, each person is conscious of that in global parlance, local policing is the premise for any territorial. You want to always know your territory, or now not it is a must to keep up a correspondence the language, but whereas you post folks on our house who make now not know the terrain of the declare, can now not keep up a correspondence the language., this teach is threatening the very cloth of our nation, that’s why I’m very chuffed to be phase of Southern and Center belt forum.
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“We possess now to restructure this federation and return to Structure that’s high notch, a Structure made by the folk, validated by a plebiscite, voted for by the folk. We’ll need to possess moral census of Nigeria, now not of Nigeriens who crossed our borders and crawl to National Identification Administration and claim our nationality. They make now not possess any parentage in this country.”
Also, speaking at the session, Adebanjo agreed totally with the declare of President-Overall of Ohanaeze Ndigbo including that if Nigeria is smitten by its harmony, it is time to comprise fair federalism.
He acknowledged, “The Structure is an imposed constitution by the Muslim Militia within the North. No person contributed to it. Even Overall Abdulsalami acknowledged he didn’t know what’s within the constitution sooner than he swore-in Obasanjo.
“I will divulge with none hesitation we are all deceiving ourselves , Buhari is now not drawn to conserving this country together that’s why we are having this self-discipline, that’s why we are inserting sq. pegs in a round hole, and that is why will narrate him to help to the constitution by the appointments he is making, but he acknowledged; no, I’m in a position to most effective work with folks I possess self assurance in, which is against the Federal Personality Precept that the final country is speaking about. Buhari simply flip deaf ears to the agitation for restructuring that has been on for over 5 years.”
“All these design we speaking about now , he (Buhari) has never found an occasion to address it, even his militia colleagues possess now agreed that we must silent restructure. All his predecessors possess agreed, all political parties possess agreed, even his political celebration has agreed and but Mr. President who says he is proper has now not acknowledged something else.
“There would possibly be now not a sincerity on the phase of the some distance North in inserting this country togethe. When folks love me talk in regards to the harmony of this country, each person is conscious of what it design. ”
He explained that what used to be within the independence constitution used to be for every federating unit to be self sustaining, including that by the independence constitution, Chief Awolowo used to be ready to make loads for the western space love free education, free medical companies and products.
Adebanjo accused elder statesman, Alhaji Tanko Yakasai of hypocrisy for asserting that proponents of restructuring possess now not explained to Nigerians what restructuring entails.
Resolve that at closing week’s 4th version of the video convention additionally organised by Governance Index, Yakasai had acknowledged the agitators of restructuring must silent reach up with modalities for his or her proposal for moral scrutiny.
But Adebanjo acknowledged that they attended the 2014 constitutional convention with Yakassai the set up the case for restructuring used to be fastidiously marshalled out, including that what they are asking for is a country the set up all people is pleased and the set up there’s no such thing as a injustice including that the set up there’s injustice there would possibly perchance perchance additionally be no peace.
In keeping with Adebanjo, “once there’s injustice there would possibly perchance perchance additionally be no peace and when there’s no such thing as a peace, no fairness, there’ll likely be no pattern. All issues we are doing now’s to play up to an person.”
In his contribution, Mimiko concurred with the declare of Adebanjo and Nwodo on the restructuring agenda, including that if Nigeria wants to remain united there’s want for restructuring.
He acknowledged:”I companion myself with the positions of usual speakers, he acknowledged whether or now not we in discovering it irresistible or now not in this country, restructuring is an concept whose time has reach.”
Other speakers at the video convention incorporated Afenifere spokesman, Yinka Odumakin, Ms Ankio Briggs, and Mr. Chido Onumah amongst others.