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Nigerian news: Niger state Governor calls for peoples constitution

Niger state Governor Muazu Babangida Aliyu wants  the constitutional review exercise is centred around the people, stressing that the workability of the document depends solely on the people.

Delivering an  address entitled: “Constitutional review as a mechanism for peace and stability”, in Minna yesterday, Aliyuo said the framers of the proposed amendment should live above primordial and tribal sentiments, calling for the enforcement of chapter two of the 1999 Constitution, which deals with the directive principle in governance.

Saying that the review of the constitution was necessary, he added that it should be done gradually. Aliyu warned against a holistic review of the constitution.

Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu disagreed that the 1999 Constitution lacks legitimacy. According to him, “it will be wrong to say that a constitution that has produced three Presidents and three national assemblies lacks legitimacy”.

Admitting that the document may have some lapses, Ekweremadu, who is Chairman of National Assembly Joint Committee on Constitution Review, said the 1999 Constitution has succeeded in addressing some shortcomings in governance so far.

Source: The Nation