Nigeria At 54: Citizens On Social Media Demand Independence Gifts

#54thIndependenceGiftThousands of Nigerians have used the social media platform to express their expectations from the country as it celebrates its 54th Independence Anniversary.

The Tuesday evening social media opinion poll by Channels Television’s Web Unit, using the hash-tag #54thIndependenceGift, asked followers, “What special gift would you want from Nigeria as it celebrates its 54th Independence Anniversary?”

Majority of the Nigerian respondents on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ were unanimous in telling the Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan, that the best gift he could give Nigerians would be to put an end to insurgency in the country.

While Okeme Emmanuel David clamoured for better attention for victims of the crisis in the North-East, saying “Pacifying me for the loss of my father in the Boko Haram insurgency 3 weeks ago” would be the ideal gift, another respondent looks forward to a day when the slogan ‘Bring Back Our Girls’ would change to ‘Our Girls Are Back’.

Stanley Uchenna said, “At 54, I believe as a woman she (Nigeria) has stopped giving birth and will only be bothered with her Children’s upbringing. So all I want is peace, security of lives and property, respect of fundamental human rights and corrupt free nation where each and everyone will be treated equally before the law without nepotism, tribalism and favoritism.”

Osawaru Rychiee Iguodala states directly, “The special gift I want is for the Boko Haram insurgents to be completely crushed so peace and security of lives can return to the north-east of Nigeria.”

Also dominant among the requests by the Nigerian online community were the clamour for uninterrupted power supply, job creation, free education and respect for the rule of law.

Ayodele Omoniyi ‘Valvic’; “Power Stability is what I desire from this Government. It is a sector that revolves around every sector of our economy. Unemployment will be stemmed, (there will be) more research, innovations, business opportunities, reduced prices of goods and services and so on.”#54thIndependenceGift

While some were subtle in their approach, acknowledging the efforts of the Federal Government in different sectors, others were direct, making passionate pleas to the President. Some also directed their requests at agencies whose services they have not been satisfied with.

The National Conference, which ended in August 2014, also got several mentions from the social media users, contrary to beliefs in some quarters that Nigerians do not expect that anything good would come out of it.

Simon Samson said, “My expected gift is that our lawmakers should adopt all the recommendations from the National Conference into our constitution.”

Other prominent requests include a renewed commitment to credible elections in 2015, renewed fight against corruption, reduction in the allowances of public officers, public support for the military in its fight against terror, as well as condusive environment for small businesses to thrive.

#54thIndependenceGiftWith the over 1,000 responses received, it became obvious that Nigerians at home and abroad are not particular about the political affiliations of their leaders as long as they can enjoy the dividends of being citizens of a democratic sovereign nation.

Also heart warming is that in spite of the security challenges in the country, the citizens remain committed to having a united Nigeria with their generous display of patriotism and the Nigerian spirit, which believes in the future of the country.

Davidmary Ikpherua said, “I should rather present a gift to Nigeria with my little contribution to nation building in terms of entrepreneurial and job creation mechanism. Every Nigerian should do something good to make this nation better. Happy Independence.”

Ladun Elujoba sums up the evening by requesting from all Nigerians that they “should all act (the words of) our national anthem and pledge” with Femi Yusuf adding that “a change in the Nigerian mindset and mentality would be a most perfect gift for independence.”

President Goodluck Jonathan, during his Independence Day broadcast, made a promise to Nigerians, that “This administration is committed to making Nigeria safe for all Nigerians, irrespective of our places of birth, how we worship God and our political persuasion”, acknowledging “the great toll the conflict is taking on our people”, he asked all those waging war against the country to lay down their arms and embrace peace, adding that the Government would continue to deploy resources in the fight against the terrorists.

A day “when our nation will be turned into Africa’s food basket, where poverty and crime will be a thing of the past, where tribal and religious affiliation will not determine the right to leadership, but values,” that is the best gift Makanjuola Adebunmi can ever dream of. After all, as citizens of a great nation, Nigerians have the rights to big dreams.

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Nigeria’s Independence Celebration Should Focus On Judicial System – Lawyer

bisi lawyerA Legal Practitioner, Bisi Adegbuyi has said that as Nigeria turns 54 on October 1, there should be a focus on the judicial system.

He noted that the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Aloma Mukhtar, has been able to curb corruption in the system, but noted that the system “as a whole needs to be reformed.

Speaking as a guest on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily, he stated that there are a lot of corrupt people that work in the registry which tends to delay justice when there is a case in court.

He highlighted some recommendations that will help the judiciary system, such as legal education, appointment of judicial officers, remuneration, funding of judiciary and role of technology in delivery of justice.

Mr. Adegbuyi stressed the need for state governments to release funds to their judicial arms in order to ensure an independent judiciary that will perform their responsibility and reduce corruption in the sector.

He suggested that advertisement of judges should be done by the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), “qualified people should apply, go through a process of interview, so that the qualified people get the post.

“We need God fearing people as judges, if you say you want to be a judge then you must live a life that should be expected from a person that is a judge because that is a crucial role”, he said.

Speaking on accessibility of the poor to the judicial system, he opined that “we have lost our values” adding that “people who are not supposed to be celebrated are celebrated because they have access to wealth”, stressing that the judicial system must be well funded so that people on the street can have access to the system.

He also stated that part of the recommendations given at the just concluded National Conference, was that there should be a small claims court for little issues such as petty thieves to prevent the regular delays in court.

 

 

 

Analysts Debate Who #BringBackOurGirls Protests Should Be Directed At

vlcsnap-2014-05-24-11h39m15s116Since 2009, when Boko Haram launched its terror campaign, thousands of Nigerians have either been killed or maimed, while the economic and social activities in a whole section of the country have been paralyzed.

Since January 2014, Boko Haram has killed over 1,500 people, mostly civilians, and that figure does not include the 95 people who died in the two bombings in as many weeks at Nyanya in Abuja and the over 150 killed in Gamboru, Borno State, last week.

Though President Goodluck Jonathan identified persistent violence and crime as a major problem confronting the country when he assumed office in 2011 and promised to “confront this threat against our collective peace and security, and bring the perpetrators to justice”, 200 school girls were abducted in a secondary school in Chibok, Borno State.

On this segment of Sunrise, legal practitioner, Bisi Adegbuyi is joined by the Secretary of United Niger Delta Energy Development Security Strategy (UNDESS), Tony Uranta and a social commentator, Kalu Onuma, to discuss the present state of Nigeria.

Mr Uranta, who reiterated his enthusiasm in the #BringBackOurGirls movement, noted that the question has been directed to the wrong quarters insisting that the protesters should have been talking to Boko Haram and not President Goodluck Jonathan.

He further added that the government (previous and present) have “failed in a lot of ways; not just this one, because the very structure that they are built upon is designed to fail”.

In a swift response, Mr Adegbuyi, disagreed with Mr Uranta that the question is been channeled to the wrong quarters.

Mr Adegbuyi, who boasted about his knowledge of the jurisprudential underpinning of governance, insisted that “Mr. President represents our collective will adding that we have mandated him to act on our behalf and represents the management of Nigeria; he is the Commander in Chief of the armed forces of Nigeria and therefore he has the responsibility to bring back our girls”.

He urged the president to rise up to the occasion since he held himself out and asked to be voted into office.

He also stated that though the president can’t go out and bring back the girls himself, “the strong influence of power and office he wields should be put to proper use in ensuring the girls are rescued immediately”.

Speaking via telephone on the programme, former Minister of Education, Obiageli Ezekwesili expressed “profound sadness” at the incident but assured of her “resolve to stand by the girls and their families.

“I think that anything that has to do with the Chibok girls really makes a statement as to the values that we subscribe to individually and collectively” she said.

She expressed “shock at the depth of corrosion of values that we subscribe to while growing up as a nation” and insisted that “our government, which has the responsibility constitutionally for the security of lives and property of citizens, should give us the accountability of the girls who answered the noble call to acquire education” and were abducted by Boko Haram insurgents.

The former minister, who led a protest to the Presidency but was received by a presidential delegation, expressed disappointment over the response the President gave through the Minister of State for FCT, Jumoke Akinjide.

On his part, Mr Onuma blamed the Nigerian security forces for not living up to the expected level, insisting that “the army and security apparatus has completely failed Nigerians.

“They have been given so much money, so much funds, so much support but at the end of the day, no one takes accountability, nobody answers to us; nobody tells us what is going on”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nigeria’s Confab Hugely Considering Parliamentary Democracy

Bisi-Adegbuyi-National Confernce delegateDelegates at Nigeria’s National Conference are hugely considering the possibility of parliamentary democracy that will empower the units to develop in their own pace, a delegate has said.

Giving an update on Tuesday on the progress made so far by the conference, Mr Bisi Adegbuyi said that the delegates were reflecting on achievements recorded in the first republic, where the likes of Nnamdi Azikiwe and Abubakar Tafawa Balewa were at the helm of affairs, between 1963 and 1966, and had stressed the need for the decentralisation of power.

The Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan, at the inauguration of the conference told delegates to take a deep introspection to see where Nigeria mixed it and come up with recommendations that would create a better future.

The Golden Years

Mr Adegbuyi also stressed that some positions presented to the conference by some regions, had centred on the need to adopt true federalism, anchored on regional autonomy that will empower the units to develop in their own pace.

“Without sounding like a cracked record, I am nostalgic about the golden years of Obafemi Awolowo in western region and I also believe the northerners are also nostalgic about the years of Amadu Belo in the north, ditto Nnamdi Azikiwe and later Michael Okpara.

“If you had a template that worked for you, where universities were world class universities, where hospitals were not mere consultant clinics and where infrastructure was indiscriminately unleashed across Nigeria, I think we should revisit it.

“We must weaken the centre, which is unwieldy as it is presently constituted with overwhelming incompetency, and develop Nigeria from the fringes.

“Let us look at countries that share so many similarities with us. India is a perfect example and it is working. They have continued to work on their front lines,” he pointed out.

The conference delegate stated that delegates from the South-south, south-west and south-east had largely agreed on parliamentary democracy, the need to devolve power and state police.

Sovereignty Belongs To The People

He pointed out that the current system of government was failing, as it could not boast of protecting lives and property which is the primary responsibility of every government.

“The spate of insecurity in Nigeria is frightening and we must quickly do something,” he said.

Mr Adegbuyi, who is also a lawyer, insisted that the government was over centralised at the expense of the component units that were closer to the people, causing a setback to the development process, as they lack needed funds.

The conference had decided to request for memoranda from Nigerians, insisting that the people should express their sovereignty and desire for change, a strategy that is aimed at generating an autochthonous constitution.

“We do not want to take the people for granted. We will have to seek the legitimacy of the people. The conference members were nominated and it raises crisis of legitimacy. If you take your resolutions to the people and by majority, they say yes to that process, then nobody, no institution or power can tinker what the people have accepted,” Mr Adegbuyi said.

“I do not subscribe to the idea that people who are part of the problems should not be part of seeking solutions to the problems they created and that we must get new people to sort out Nigeria. It is a baggage of some sort.

“The only thing is for the new blood who are involved now to seize the moment and then don’t allow the old people that had brought us to our knees to seize the initiative,” the lawyer stressed.

The issue of how decision can be reached on issues before the conference divided the house during the first few days of the conference. It was later agreed that 70 per cent vote would be needed to adopt a decision. The conference may also need to try consensus decision before voting.

On how the conference can achieve the consensus on the system of government that the country should adopt, Mr Adegbuyi said that the consensus had been encouraged in the conference.

He said: “Seventy per cent benchmark on agreeing on anything is good, but consensus is the way to go. We will try consensus but if it fails it will be put to voting. You cannot but have a consensus”.

According to him, the best is for the decision to be presented to Nigerians to say yes or no to it.

“Once that is done, then it should be grafted into the constitution,” he stated.

There have been fears that the National Assembly may not create the right atmosphere for the people to take the final decision by way of a holding a referendum on the decisions of the conference.

But the National Assembly had on Wednesday discussed the possibility of giving power to the Nigerian president, by way of an executive bill, to initiate the introduction of a new constitution, which may come from the conference.

There have been criticisms that the conference’s decisions may not be implemented as several conferences held in the past had been left unimplemented.

To guard against the chances of the decision of the conference going the way of others, the delegates in the conference had asked President, Jonathan to ensure the implementation of the conference’s decision.

Mr Adegbuyi, expressed optimism that the conference would have a good result, but stressed that good governance was what Nigerians needed, insisting that good governance will lay to rest issues bordering on religion, ethnicity and federal character amongst others.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Natl. Conference Delegates Advocate Decentralization of Government

Bisi AdegbuyiTwo Delegates at the National Conference, Tony Nyiam and Bisi Adegbuyi, have both said that their recommendation at the conference is a restructuring of Nigerian government to practice the federalism that accommodates its ethnic peculiarities.

Mr Nyiam said that ethnicity is an important part of Nigeria which cannot be separated from its existence. He said that Nigerians had been carried away by the federalism as practised in America but he believed that Nigeria should have an “Ethnic Federalism” where people’s ethnicities are well recognized.

He noted that America is a country of immigrants and Nigeria should not compare itself to such country. You cannot stop a Buku man from being one. He emphasized that Nigeria needs a return to the federalism that recognises its ethnicity.

Adegbuyi, although differed on the call for “Ethnic Federalism” as he said that “federalism is federalism all over the world” but he acknowledged that indeed, the way to go was for Nigeria to try and understand the agenda of each ethnicity and not to tag ethnicity as a divisive factor.

He noted that Nigeria’s past leaders and the colonial masters knew that Nigeria was made up of different nations and the country in its current state should not pretend about this reality. Citing the developments recorded by regional leaders in the 1960s, he said that empowering regional leadership would be more productive.

Nyiam also emphasized the need to move “from Fiscal Centralism to Fiscal Federalism”, a situation whereby the count

ry moves from the culture of sharing resources at the Federal level and focus on creating those resources.

He agreed with Mr Adegbuyi’s earlier statement on the need to decentralize the government and empower regional governance. He agreed that the system of governance as practised in Nigeria in the 1960s gave Nigeria its best records of development.

Sovereign Conference

Secretary of the Arewa Youth, Ahmed Tijani, representing his organisation’s position on the programme, however, said that they were supporting the

Tony Nyiam and Ahmed Tijani on Sunrise
Tony Nyiam and Ahmed Tijani on Sunrise

conference because they believed that “half bread is better than none” noting that what they had called for was a sovereign national conference.

He further said, “There is no point in time that Nigeria should experience a breakup”, so “whoever is in the driving seat”

would need support to ensure this. He said that he hoped that at the end of the conference, something good would come out.

One of the delegates, Tony Nyiam, while expressing confidence in the conference and in the sincerity of President Jonathan was of the view that Nigerians were paying too much attention to the nomenclature of the conference.

Mr Adegbuyi, who is a legal practitioner, quoted Section 14 Subsection 2 of the 1999 Constitution which he said, gives the sovereignty of the country to the people, stating that this was also acknowledged by the President.

He stated that there was nothing that makes the ongoing conference less sovereign and that the misconception about the sovereignty of the country having been given to the National Assembly was an exaggeration of their roles.

Northern Elders’ Forum

Reference was also made to the position taken by the Northern Elders’ Forum, who have expressed their stance not to support the conference and dissociated themselves from the delegates at the conference.

Tijani said that the difference in their positions from the elders’ was because the elders are conservative while the youths are progressive. He added that while they do not totally disagree with the elders’ views, they would not tow same line because they are young, “We want change and we have to be for the conference so that things can move on”

On the possibility of the delegates having a unified discourse without ethnic sentiments, Tijani said that the Nigerian President should have made fixing the identity issues of Nigerians a priority ahead of the national Conference, citing the branding of all Northerners as Boko Haram as one of the examples of how many Nigerians still feel different from other Nigerians.

He also complained about the representation of youths at the conference as being too low for a country whose youth population is very high.

Although Adegbuyi disagreed on the youth representation, Nyiam agreed that the youths should be given focus especially in terms of empowerment. He said that the main sectors in which Nigeria derived pride had been held by the youths – entertainment, sports. Therefore, the country needs to go back to the system that allows the youths to flourish.

Adegbuyi, in conclusion, believes that the National Conference has the capacity to move Nigeria forward but the major focus should be how to achieve unity without sacrificing autonomy.

Delegates’ Patriotism Will Make National Conference Successful – Adegbuyi

A Nigerian lawyer, Mr Bisi Adegbuyi, has stressed the need for patriotic individuals to be delegated to represent ethnic nationalities at the proposed national conference to ensure that the conference achieves its aim.

The conference, scheduled to begin in March, will have delegates from different ethnic groups in Nigeria, but there have been questions about how these ethnic nationalities would be determined, considering the country’s huge diversity in ethnicity.

He lauded the Presidential Committee on National Conference for the composition of the representation, which he said was broad based.

“It is quite a representation of the critical stakeholders,” he said.

The legal practitioner, however, pointed out that there were 250 to 300 ethnic nationality groups in Nigeria and that he would have preferred more representation for ethnic nationality groups.

Right Political Structure

Going by the conference modalities, Mr Adegbuyi pointed out that there were 15 delegates per ethnic nationality with additional six for the purpose of administration.

“We have six geo-political zones and the ethnic groups are divided within these zones. We also have some sub ethnic nationalities. The challenge for us is to get a constitution that would build on this diversity and let us have a very strong union.

“The success of the conference depends on the type of delegates you are sending to the conference. It stands a chance to succeed. But it does not hold the solution to all the problems of the country. It is just to ensure that we get our political structure right. If you don’t get your political structure right, you cannot get your economy right,”

He also stressed that more slots should have been given to the Nigerian bar Association, insisting that one slop was inadequate.

“Lawyers have special training for matters concerning constitution making.

“By way of analogy, the 1787 Philadelphia convention that brought prosperity to America, half of the delegates were lawyers.

“However, we may be lucky that among some other delegates to be appointed by stakeholders, state government, you may be lucky to have lawyers there.

“It will be largely a political conference but it would have been better to have lawyers as delegates who will brainstorm and come up with political decision that will be put together in form of a draft constitution,” Mr Adegbuyi explained.

According to him, the issue of national unity is of huge importance, as the ethnic groups were parties to the contract of the amalgamation of Nigeria in 1914.

“Nigeria requires harmonious unity amongst the ethnic nationality groups,” he stressed.

The lawyer, who is also a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC), a political party, pointed out that as much as majority of Nigerians do not want the country to disintegrate, it was also “necessary for the terms upon which Nigerians live together to be just, fair, equitable and guaranty the welfare of the people”.

“When you benefit from an association you want to ensure that the association do not break but if your wishes and your aspirations are not met you become centrifugal,” he said.

Some governors of the APC have kicked against the national conference, saying that “what Nigerians need is good governance and not a new constitution.

They also called for the agenda of the conference to be well defined if at all it will hold.

But Mr Adegbuyi said that all members of the APC were not opposed to the national conference.

Decentralisation Of Power

He also lauded the committee for the window in the modalities that specified that the delegates in the conference would be expected to come up with a legal framework, procedure and options that would lead to the integration of the outcome and the decisions of the conference into the constitution.

“There is a window also to subject whatever the representatives of the people decide, to a referendum. That is what is done in all jurisdictions that I know,” he said.

Mr Adegbuyi further stressed the need for the decentralisation of power in Nigeria, saying that the country, as presently constituted, is unwieldy and standing in the way of progress.

He insisted that if there were cities that could replicate the development of infrastructure as seen in Lagos State, the country would record speedy infrastructural development.

“The Federal government is just an abstract and belongs to nobody and as such should not have much power.

“There should be a weak centre that will allow other states to have more power and develop at their own pace. You will have development from the fringes if that is done.

“If you have a local government that has much money at their disposal, there will be development from the fringes.

“Decentralisation of police in the system would also help change the security situation in Nigeria,” he emphasised.

PDP Crisis Led To Tukur’s Resignation – APC Member

A member of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Bisi Adegbuyi, has said that one of the worrying issues in the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, was for the outgone chairman, Bamanga Tukur to resign.

He also opined that the fundamental issue was if President Goodluck Jonathan would contest for the 2015 election.

He stated that when a country is in vicious contest for power, especially between the Northern and the Southern it leads to a crisis country.

Speaking on Channels Television breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, Mr. Adegbuyi stressed that the underlining problem in the PDP was “it is our turn to chop” from the North and the South, he added.

He debunked the rumour that his party, APC, is heading for crisis and stated that the defectors from the PDP have added value to the APC.

Mr. Adegbuyi mentioned that it is wrong to say “once somebody leaves PDP for APC, he becomes an automatic progressive politician” adding that “not all the people in PDP are bad.”

Speaking on the crisis in Rivers State, Mr. Adegbuyi said: “violence in any way or form must be condemned by the right thinking members of the society.”

 

Awolowo Predicted nPDP/APC Alliance – Adegbuyi

A member of the APC, Bisi Adegbuyi, on Thursday said that the alliance between some members of the nPDP and his party is the manifestation of a prediction by late political icon, Obafemi Awolowo who had said progressives in conservative parties will coalesce with the progressives.

Speaking on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, Adegbuyi lauded the move by the nPDP governors and said that this will strengthen the opposition in favour of the people.

“There can’t be a democracy without opposition,” he said.

Responding to critics who have said that the alliance is not worth celebrating because Nigerian politicians are all cut from the same fabric and there is no clear ideology guiding the parties, Adegbuyi said he bears no grudge with them.

He said that not everyone in PDP is bad, while not everyone in APC is a saint and added that the alliance will allow the people to have options to choose from, as opposed to one party dominating government.

If you must check the excesses of the ruling party and avoid a one party state, we must encourage the splinter groups to coalesce.

Asked if the alliance automatically makes the new member governors ‘progressive’ in nature, he said “Chief Obafemi Awolowo had predicted that at some point, the progressives in conservative parties (who are there for whatever reason known to them) and progressives will coalesce.

“I believe this is coming to pass,” he said.

He defined a Progressive politician as one who “adheres strictly to the principles of federalism.”

He stressed that Nigeria needs a constitutional framework which accommodates its multi ethnic, multi-cultural and multi religious features.

“PDP has been in government since 1999. Have they successfully removed one item from the 68 items in the exclusive list?” he asked.

Asked if APC states have adhered to the tenets of federalism, Mr Adegbuyi said that there are only two tiers of government in an ideal federal state.

“In other jurisdictions, you have a clearly defined sphere of governance between the Federal and the states in the constitution. Correspondingly, between the states and the Local Government, there must also be a constitution, which is lacking in Nigeria and that’s where the problem lies.”

Analyst Says Fight For LG Autonomy Is About Abuja Money

A legal practitioner and a chieftain of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), Bisi Adegbuyi, on Monday, said that the on-going clamour by local governments to become autonomous is all “about money coming from Abuja”.

“Sever that and you won’t hear about the autonomy issue.” He added.

Speaking on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, he said that the move to give local governments power is against the constitution, adding that, “we are trying to create three tiers of government because some guys want to also create a freedom for themselves at the local government level.”

“It’s either you want to practice federalism or unitarism, make up your mind,” he said.

“The trouble with us is that we have tied the so called local government autonomy to this rent-sharing mentality of going to Abuja to collect money.”

The way forward is ‘simple’.

“Identify the fundamentals (two tiers of government) and then leave the states to determine whether they want to have 1000 local governments, 500 community development centres as the case maybe.”

Citing other nations like the United States of America and Brazil, he said the one-size-fit-all equation will not work as different states have different needs and challenges.

Mr Adegbuyi also said that the constitution amendment is a “journey to nowhere” because “there are so many contending interests. Therefore, the more we try to amend this incurably flawed constitution, the more we run into troubled waters.”

He added that in light of the ‘discordant tunes from the Senate and House of Representatives,’ the amendment process “is going to be cosmetic”.

“We have wasted our time, we have wasted resources,” he said.

Much Ado About Constitution Amendment

This week’s edition of Sunrise is about some of the proposals by members of the House of Representatives for the on-going Constitution amendment with a focus on local government autonomy, appointment of the Attorney-General of the Federation, impeachment of President and six-year  single term as proposed by the Senate.

A member of the House of Representatives, Ibrahim El-Sudi, legal practitioner, Bisi Adegbuyi and social commentator, Biodun Sowunmi, make up the panel of discussants.

Constitution Amendment Should Be People Driven – Bisi Adegbuyi

The on-going constitution review should be people driven, people led and must emanate as regards their wishes and aspirations.

A legal practitioner Mr. Bisi Adegbuyi made this known hile speaking on Channels TV breakfast sho; Sunrise Daily, where he explained that this is not the “old democracy where everyone seats in a hall and is questioned if they want state police and they will say yes or no”.

Adegbuyi also advised the federal government to allow people elect their own representative, who would represent their views and grant their wishes and aspirations.

Nigeria needs a people-driven constitution – Bisi Adegbuyi

Bisi Adegbuyi a legal practitioner joined Sulaiman Aledeh and Co. on Sunrise Daily this morning to discuss the issue of constitution review  which has been an issue that is debatable amongst Nigerians since the Senate Retreat which was held at Asaba, the Delta State capital last month on the way forward for the country.

Bisi Adegbuyi said the National Assembly by virtue of the 1999 constitution can actually amend the constitution either for the better of the Nigeria as a whole or for the worse.

But he said in his own view, since the country’s government is democratic as of now, he believes every Nigerian must be involved in the process of a constitution review/having a new constitution even though in practice every Nigerian in the country cannot be heard but with a simple delegation process, Nigerinas can be heard as the country needs a people-driven constitution.