The Nigerian National Assembly (NASS) is currently embarked on what it calls a review/amendment of the constitution; the 1999 constitution is a document largely written by the military and foisted on the nation (It was produced by the Niki Tobi committee and promulgated into law as Decree No. 24 of 1999. ).
Hue and cries from Nigerians on the need to consider how the country is currently structured and the establishment of a “people’s constitution ” has been hijacked by the NASS as the basis for reviewing/amending the constitution .
The truth is that Nigeria needs a constitution that originates from the people and not one by a select few whose business and a political interests have kept this country in prison, locking down any prospect of national development and progress.
Nigeria marked her 52nd independent anniversary on the 1st of October 2012,but our country appears worse off after 52 years of self governance.
In its bid to ensuring that the nation gets a proper constitution, the National Assembly has proposed :
1.That there would be some no go areas during the exercise: periodic elections, fundamental rights, a system of checks and balances, the principle of separation of powers, a vibrant legislature, a dynamic executive, an independent judiciary, and a free press just to mention a few.
2. A 48-man Senate Constitution Review Committee (SCRC) that will between November 15 and 16 fan out to the six geo-political zones of the country for zonal public hearings.The event is expected to hold in the six geo-political zones namely North West (Sokoto); North East (Gombe); North Central (Makurdi), South East (Enugu); South-South (Calabar); and South West (Lagos).
We at Spearide state categorically that we do not have any faith in this constitutional review venture as proposed by the NASS.
The intention of NASS appears dubious as their objective is to hand Nigerians a constitution rather than have we the people produce our own constitution.
Spearide believes that the pre-requisite for a people’s constitution is the convening of a sovereign national conference where the future structure of Nigeria will be discussed.
NASS would do itself and Nigerians a world of good, by aborting this money wasting venture and properly align itself to the desires and aspirations of Nigerians.
Nigeria belongs to Nigerians.