Afe Babalola tasks Buhari on good governance
Says govt may not succeed with 1999 Constitution in operation
The Founder of Afe Babalola University Ado Ekiti (ABUAD), Chief Afe Babalola yesterday said that it would be difficult for President Muhammadu Buhari and his team to succeed in the governance of the country with the 1999 Constitution (as amended) in operation.
The legal icon said that unless bold steps are taken to change the constitution, it would be difficult to make much difference in the affairs of the country.
He advised that as a matter of urgency, the President should prepare an Executive bill seeking for convocation of a Sovereign National Conference (SNC) and that membership must be elected on zero-party basis.
Babalola made the remarks during the conferment of African Union Ambassadorial Award on him by African Union ECOSOCC in Ado-Ekiti.
He lamented that the problem bedevilling Africa was due to lack of transformational leadership in the mould of Mahatma Ghandi, Nkwame Nkruma, Nnamdi Azikiwe and Obafemi Awolowo, among others.
“This is an appropriate time for me to call on Buhari, the new ministers and members of the National Assembly that no matter how brilliant they are and no matter their good intention, it will be difficult to make a difference in the soaring unemployment, poor infrastructure, kidnapping, armed robbery and begging on the street.”
He said that bold steps must be taken to change the 1999 Constitution, which is falsely described as a federal constitution when in fact it is unitary in all facets.
Babalola said that the 1999 Constitution had discouraged and crippled development in the states.
In his remarks at the occasion, the Chairperson Emeritus, Committee on Social Affairs & Health @ 3rd Permanent General Assembly of the AU-ECOSOCC, Dr. Tunji John Asaolu, said that uncountable factors were put into account before selecting Babalola for the premier continental award, adding: “In this regard, this award and recognition to Aare Afe Babalola, in all fairness, meets all AU standards and norms. Nevertheless, I want to thank the Almighty that has made this occasion a reality at a time like this. There couldn’t have been any other better time than this day when God has placed people around you; including those that have come far and near, to celebrate you.
Also, Ekiti State Governor Kayode Fayemi, who was represented by Head of Ekiti Transformational Agenda, Prof. Bolaji Aluko, said ABUAD is not only pride of Ekiti State but of Nigeria and Africa at large.
“The issue of knowledge economy is of great importance to this administration. We want to ensure that we translate our academic prowess to prosperity and ABUAD will be the anchor.”
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