Nigeria’s 1999 Constitution has been described as the country’s greatest misadventure by former governor of Osun state and first interim chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, Chief Bisi Akande.
“The 1999 Constitution is Nigeria’s greatest misadventure since Lugard’s amalgamation of 1914”. Akande made this remark at a book presentation, “Nigeria: the Path We Refused to Take” by Seinde Arogbofa.
Describing the constitution as faulty, Akande said it prioritizes spending above making money, “thereby intensifying the battles for supremacy between the legislature and the executive while the judiciary is being corruptly tainted and discredited.” Not only that, he also said that “the constitution breeds and protects corrupt practices and criminal impunities in governance.”
The 1999 Constitution is presently being amended by the National Assembly, a futile attempt by Akande’s estimation. He believes the best action to be taken is to “temporarily” replace the Constitution with the 1963 Republican Constitution while a new one reflecting the will of the people was drafted.
“The 1999 Constitution can never be beneficially reviewed and the ongoing piecemeal adjustments or amendments can only totally blot the essence of national values and accelerate the de-amalgamation of Nigeria. All the angels coming from heavens cannot make that constitution work for the progress of Nigeria. It should only be scrapped as a bad relics of military mentality; and it ought to be temporarily replaced with the 1963 Republican Constitution to enable a transition for the writing of a suitable constitution.”
Akande said anything short of a new constitution and “the 1999 constitution would continue to dwarf Nigeria’s economy and stifle the country’s social structure pending a disastrous and catastrophic bankruptcy.”
PHOTO: Chief Bisi Akande (left), in a conversation with Nigeria’s Vice-president, Yemi Osibanjo.