Fayemi canvasses constitution that promotes Nigeria’s diversity
Governor Kayode Fayemi has said the 1999 Constitution (as amended) did not emanate from a process of consultation and involvement with the public, nor passed through any referendum.
Accordingly, he said the ongoing process should produce a workable document that promotes Nigeria’s diversity.
Fayemi, who declared open a public consultation forum of the committee on review of the constitution in Ado-Ekiti, yesterday, restated that the current document was a product of the military.
He said: “We are all aware that the current 1999 Constitution that we are operating is a product of a military decree, and as a result of that, it has been subject to endless criticism. One of the main criticisms is that the 1999 Constitution did not emanate from a process of consultation and involvement with the public, nor passed through any referendum.
“No doubt, constitution making and review have always been a challenging issue in any society. The reason for the challenge is not far-fetched. A constitution is expected to put together the values, commitment, aspirations, interest and agreements of different groups, communities, individuals etc.
“The debates can sometimes be polarsed, contentious and in some cases, characterised by conflicts. These default issues should be viewed as part of the process of building harmony and strengthening our democracy.
“As polarising as these issues are, with meaningful engagement, all-inclusive participation and gathering public opinions, we can resolve the contentions and agree on some of the issues in the interest of our nation.”
The governor sought full participation of Nigerians in the alteration of some provisions of the constitution.
He said the constitution should always be a product of the people, reiterating that the ongoing process will enable the citizens to effect the necessary changes they desire.
“It is hoped that at the end of the ongoing process, the constitutional review would reflect the greater aspirations of the people,” Fayemi said.
He charged the participants to utilise the opportunity and suggest areas that required amendment.
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