Don’t expect a perfect constitution from us, says Gbajabiamila to Nigerians
The Speaker of the House of Representatives, the Honorable Femi Gbajabiamila, said that the current revision of the 1999 constitution by the National Assembly would not produce a perfect constitution, stressing that “there is no such thing in the world “.
Speaking at the 112th King’s College Old Boys Association (KCOBA) Founders’ Conference on Saturday, on the theme “Unity in Diversity… Stronger Together,” the speaker said the National Assembly would present a constitution that would hold institutions to account and end the debilitating conflicts that continue to tear the nation apart.
He said: “In the House of Representatives, we are currently in the process of carrying out a fundamental revision of the constitution of our nation. Our goal is to come up with a constitution that more effectively organizes our politics to make it more inclusive, enshrines effective mechanisms to hold state institutions to account, and end the debilitating conflicts that continue to tear our nation apart.
“We would not produce a perfect constitution; nothing like this has ever existed anywhere in the world. Indeed, some parts of the world have unwritten constitutions. However, together we can, through the choices we make and our actions, use our constitution as the basic document to bring the people of Nigeria to life. “
According to the Gbajabiamila, Nigeria was created from the forced union of tribes and peoples without considering the cultures and complex histories of the communities and kingdoms that made up the union.
He said, however, that Nigerians have the power to write a new chapter of peace and prosperity, justice and fairness for the country that will give every Nigerian a sense of belonging.
He said: “Until it is clear to all that Nigeria’s continued existence guarantees them certain inalienable rights, there would be no unqualified commitment to the Nigeria project.
“We are united in our nationality by the promise that in this union we will have a government that will protect us from evil and concern itself above all with considerations of our collective well-being.”
“The government’s combined obligation to protect citizens and ensure their well-being is the central alliance of our nationality.
“Unfortunately, as we all know, the Nigerian state has often failed in its contractual obligations. As our nation’s social pact has shrunk, the bonds of our fellowship have simultaneously frayed. And citizens have been left to perform state functions for themselves and their families. When your safety and well-being are yours and yours, it is difficult to exist in fellowship with the people you are competing against for your survival.
The speaker who attributed the problem Nigeria faces to protracted military rule added that Nigeria has yet to recover from the military’s primordial legacy.
“The government has acted in opposition to the people for much of our history. Interactions between government and citizens frequently harm citizens, leading to a further loss of confidence in the Nigerian state’s ability to protect its own people. This is the primordial legacy of the military regime in Nigeria. We have not recovered from it. Over the past twenty years of democratic governance, we have made tremendous progress. However, many government institutions, including law enforcement, retain the character of our militaristic past and their actions often fall short of the legitimate expectations of the Nigerian people.
“For understandable reasons, many of our citizens have come to expect too little of our politics and our government. We collectively suffer from the tyranny of low expectations and the cynicism that makes us believe that the political process cannot produce anything worthwhile or worthwhile. But, this political process, flawed and broken as it is, is all we have. So even as we work on its reform, we must also support it and use it to build the country we want and deserve. “
Gbajabiamila said that if the citizens of other countries were ready to die for their country, Nigerians changed the sentence “I am ready to die for my country to I cannot die for my country”.
In his remarks, the former governor of Anambra state, Mr. Peter Obi, said the country cannot remain united without fairness and justice.
Obi said Nigeria has around 250 ethnic groups, which is much lower than India with over 2,000 ethnic groups and Indonesia with 1,300 ethnic groups, adding that both countries do much better than Nigeria. .
He said, “You cannot stand united when there is injustice; we cannot stand united if you do not allow people to operate on an equal footing. If Nigeria is a productive country, our diversity could have been a strength but we are a country of sharing.
“Our country is not a productive country but a country of consumption and sharing. Once it’s the sharing economy, it becomes difficult to be united because everyone wants to be part of the sharing, ”
In his contribution, the former Chairman of the Commission on Economic and Financial Crime (EFCC), Mr. Nuhu Ribadu, said Nigeria is a work in progress, stressing that everyone must do their best to keep the united country.
He warned Nigerians to avoid what happened in Rwanda and Somalia, but instead emulate Tanzania, which he says is one of the most peaceful countries in Africa.
He urged Nigerians to participate in politics saying that “many Nigerians think politics is too dirty but there is no alternative, people should participate in politics in order to make the changes required”.
In his speech, the President of KCOBA, Mr. Kashim Ibrahim-Imam, observed that Nigeria is going through the worst turbulence in history and stressed the need for Nigerians to come together and find solutions to the problems facing the country is facing.
He also begged the speaker to sponsor a bill that would transfer the management of King’s College to the school’s board of directors, adding that the government does not have to manage high schools.