‘Why Nigeria needs new constitution, reduction of legislative committees’
To correct the anomalies in Nigeria’s political space, legal minds have called on the National Assembly to commence the process of enacting a new constitution in the country as the present one was foisted on Nigerians by the military.
The case for a national conversation - Part 2
A multi-ethnic and multi-religious nation such as ours, must never ignore the importance of a national conversation or a series of them as the needs arise. We need to talk to ourselves each time we pass through the fork on our socio-political road. That way, we would appreciate what ails us as a people and…
PDP accuses Buhari of seeking to vacate the constitution
The opposition People's Democratic Party has accused President Muhammadu Buhari of seeking to vacate the constitution of the country with regards to his latest trip out of Nigeria. Buhari embarked on a ten-day private trip to London and is expected to return May 5. The president made the journey without transmitting power to the vice…
Now is the time for the people’s constitution
Amendment of a nation’s constitution is never a tea party. Especially given our peculiar challenges of long-drawn ethnic disharmony, political marginalisation of some sections of the country, bloated bureaucracy, overconcentration of political and economic powers at the executive arm of government and a legislature considered as one of the most expensive on Planet Earth. There…
‘The constitution we have at this time, as recognised by many constitutionalists, is not autochthonous’
Awa U. Kalu, Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) was born in 1953 in Umuahia, Abia State. He graduated from the University of Ife, now Obafemi Awolowo University, with an LLB in 1977 and a Masters of Law of the University of Lagos in 1980.
Nigeria’s unitary federalism
Nigeria’s constitutions up to the time of independence in 1960 were truly federal in character. Each region had its own constitution, coat of arms and autonomy with regard to the functions prescribe to it and it was these four regions...
For an all-inclusive constitution review process
Constitution review is a continuous process and has been on the front burner of national discourse since 1999. The 6th National Assembly successfully passed three sets of alterations (amendments) to the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria...
A republican constitution Vs the military constitution
One of the tragedies of the current unitary system of governance Nigeria practises and the consequential mono-product economy foisted on the Nigerian Federation is the transformation of Nigeria’s federating units into dependents and mere distribution centres.
Restructuring and the Yoruba agenda
The submission of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, on the restructuring of the Nigeria is very instructive.