Published On: Sat, Nov 25th, 2017


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Press Release
25th November, 2017

The position taken by the Senate President, His Excellency, Dr. Bukola Saraki over the raging argument on restructuring lacked historical appraisal of Nigeria’s Federalism. For Sen. Saraki to align the demands for restructuring and true Federalism to the unity of the Country shows his lack of knowledge on the political development of our checked history. Maybe he is trying to be economical with the truth because the region he belonged to is a beneficiary of the structural imbalance Nigeria is facing.

There is no nexus between the unity of Nigeria and the demands for restructuring, true federalism and resource control. Restructuring never mean dismemberment of Nigeria. The only consideration of which every average Nigerian including the Senate President will look at is the implication arising from the refusal of the present Government to restructure the Country. We make bold to say that restructuring, true federalism and resource control are the only weapons that will guarantee the continuous existence of Nigeria in the midst of her challenges.

A country cannot survive at the test of time when some people are being colonised to the whims, caprices and the pleasure of some few ethnic groups. Sen. Saraki and other anti-restructuring elements should rather consider the unity of Nigeria before they oppose the popular demands for restructuring.

We want to draw Sen. Saraki’s attention to the Constitutional development of Nigeria. Apart from the Macpherson Constitution of 1951 and the 1957/8 constitutional conferences held in Ibadan and London which produced the 1960/3 Independent and Republican Constitutions, Nigerians have never at any time sat together to enact a law for the Country. The reliance placed on the military-made 1999 Constitution which is the protagonist of Nigeria’s democratic growth is the greatest legislative blunder committed by the 8th National Assembly.

What should have concerned Sen. Saraki at this critical period of our existence is to allow Nigerians to enact an acceptable constitution for ourselves through a conference of constituents’ assembly. The Southern Senators’ Retreat held in Calabar on the 24th of November, 2017 where the Senate President made the statement in view ought to have appraised the recommendations of the various constitutional conferences held but yet be implemented by successive governments. The report of the 2014 national dialogue which has been espoused by majority of Nigerians should have informed Sen. Saraki’s decision on the ongoing amendment of the 1999 Constitution. What Nigerians want is a constitution that will accommodate the interest of everybody. The present political arrangement in the Country cannot guarantee our continuous existence as a corporate entity.

Pereotubo Oweilaemi, Esq.
President, IYC Worldwide


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