In the opinion of Femi Gbajabiamila, Speaker of the House of Representatives, the 1999 Nigerian Constitution cannot solve some pressing national problems.
Gbajabiamila, through his media assistant Lanre Lasisi, noted that the document did not reflect the standards necessary to reflect the collective because the constitution was hastily prepared only to end the military regime and establish a lasting democratic system. The dream of a citizen.
“… the 1999 Constitution is the product of a hurried national compromise that we entered into two decades ago in order to ensure that the military returned to the barracks and that we returned to democratic government.”
The Speaker of the House Reps stated that the above requirements therefore require ongoing constitutional review, adding that all Nigerians should actively participate in this process. However, Gbajabiamila pointed out that, like Nigeria, there is no perfect constitution anywhere in the world.
He explained that there is an urgent need to have “an almost perfect constitution so that the country can face and solve its multiple political, economic and socio-cultural challenges.” Speakers cautioned that if stakeholders only indulge in “fixing the constitution’s boundaries” or avoid having an honest dialogue, then all the effort will be futile.
He assured Nigerians that members of the green chamber will do their utmost to make sure the process yields desired results that culminate in a national constitution which embraces diversity in all ramifications and uses it as an advantage for growth and progress.
“All of us in the House of Representatives will work conscientiously and in good faith so that it may be said of us in this process that we made an audacious attempt at creating for our nation a constitution that recognises our diversity and draws strength from it, and addresses once and for all, the fault lines that distract from nation-building.”