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Aig-Imoukhuede backs peoples’ constitution

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Former Group Managing Director of Access Bank Plc, Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede, has lamented the slow progress in Nigeria since democracy in 1999 and, therefore, demanded a peoples’ constitution to drive rapid development of the country.

He stated this at the second Combined Convocation lecture of Wellspring University in Benin City, Edo State with the theme: Transforming The Nigerian Society.

Aig-Imoukhuede, who bemoaned the falling standard of public service due to corruption, added that there was the need for a people-driven constitution, insisting that meritocracy, people-driven constitution and public service reforms, among others, remained the way out of Nigeria’s many challenges.

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He stressed that after 25 years of military rule between 1983 and 1999, Nigeria began a socio-economic renaissance, but lamented that it only lasted for eight years and that the country’s situation, as of today, could only be likened to what obtained in 1999.

Lamenting that the elite contributed more to Nigeria’s challenges because of their selfish interests, Aig-Imoukhuede said: “A bottom up constitutional referendum is needed. Let us for once have a proper constitution because from the colonial time till now, it is either the white man in London or the man in Dodan Barracks that have given us constitution. And it is high time we asked for a truly Nigerian constitution.”

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