Amaechi, Nnamani, Akande task N’Assembly on new constitution
…We’ll give Nigerians what they want –Mark
By RAZAQ BAMIDELE
Friday February 17, 2012

Chairman of the Governors’ Forum, Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi, former Senate president, Ken Nnamani and National Chairman of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), Chief Bisi Akande have tasked the National Assembly to give Nigerians true constitution that could be called the people’s constitution.

The trio threw the challenge yesterday in Lagos during the public presentation of a book, Mamora: Years of Legislative Activism, to mark Senator Olorunnimbe Mamora’s 59th birthday at the Institute of International Affairs (NIIA), where the Senate President, David Mark was the special guest of honour.

Amaechi, in his remarks on the occasion, urged the Senate president to convey the people’s yearning for a true constitution that could be called theirs, advising that “the exercise of constitution amendment should not be cosmetic.”

According to him, the issue of new constitution was a big issue now, asserting that, “the people of Nigeria must play vital roles in the making of the new constitution through wide consultations by the National Assembly to give room for people’s participation in the making of the new document.”

Speaking in the same vein, former Senate president, Ken Nnamani went a step further to say that “members of the National Assembly are not qualified to amend the constitution,” reminding that “they were not elected for that purpose.” According to him, National Assembly members were not constituent assembly with representatives of all the ethnic nationalities in the country, warning that; “they should be careful not to turn our constitution to a village meetings’ minutes book which can be changed at will.”

Former governor of Osun State and the National Chairman of the ACN, Bisi Akande also concurred with Amaechi and Nnamani while requesting further from Mark to “make sure that the constitution to be rolled out at the end of the day under his leadership should be true constitution of the Nigerian people.” While reacting, the Senate President, David Mark assured Nigerians that the new constitution, when it was eventually prepared would be in tandem with their yearnings and aspirations, stating that.

He assured that when the process of writing a new constitution began, public hearings where all Nigerians would add their voices to the making of the new document would be held throughout the country.” Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Raji Fashola congratulated the celebrant, Mamora describing him as “man of character, fidelity and courage that makes him pursue what is right with dignity.”

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