As the fourth review of the 1999 Constitution enters its critical stage, a group of Nigerians have decided to organise an e-conference seeking the participation of the vibrant online community in the country.
The e-conference is hosted by the Youth Alliance on Constitution Review and according to the group, “it is imperative that citizens at all levels debate freely the content of the constitution review.”
A statement by the Youth Alliance, claimed that “if the preamble of the 1999 constitution which begins with the phrase ‘we the people of Nigeria…’ must make any sense then the review process must not only ensure active citizens participation but it must guarantee that the outcome of the review process is a true reflection of the demands and aspirations of the people.”
The group also noted that the constitution review process provides a unique opportunity to address several socioeconomic and political challenges confronting Nigerians and therefore calls every Nigerian that is active in the online community to join the conference..
“Now is the time for citizens to respond to this national call to address our daunting challenges and deepen our democracy process through constitution review” the group stated.
The e-conference on Constitution Review is slated for Thursday, the 23rd of August 2012. It will between the hours of 3:00pm – 5:00pm.
Leading the panel of participants will be constitutional lawyer and human right activist, Ayo Obe.
She will be participating with the handle @naijama.
Others are Japhet Omojuwa @omojuwa, Chude Jideowo @chude, Toyosi Akerele @toyosirise, Egghead Odewale @eggheader, Wale Ajani @waleajani.
The Youth Alliance has enjoined Nigerians to follow the conference on @yacorng to participate at the e-conference.
The official hash tag of the conference will be #youthCRV
The Youth Alliance is an alliance of about 30 youth civil society organizations working together to facilitate inputs of young people in the process of constitutional review process through proactive and effective engagement with relevant stakeholders.