Changing Nigeria’s constitution won’t guarantee a perfect country — Agbakoba SAN

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Olisa Agbakoba, SAN
Olisa Agbakoba, SAN

A senior advocate of Nigeria, Olisa Agbakoba, says a change of the 1999 constitution will not guarantee a perfect country.

Agbakoba said this at the inaugural #FixPoliticsDialogues, a platform which convenes debates on national issues.

Speaking at the event, Agbakoba said the current constitution, despite its imperfections, is not obeyed.

He said there is no guarantee that a new constitution, no matter how perfect, will be complied with by Nigerians and those in power.

The SAN said the process of birthing a new constitution requires strategic engagements.

Agbakoba said Nigerians and civil society organizations (CSOs) have the option of pushing for either an amendment or a change of the constitution.

But he added that the process of changing the constitution may be difficult because traditional and religious institutions may not key into such a strategy.

According to Agbakoba, the constitution has 98 items of power out of which 68 items are exclusive to the federal government while the remaining 30 are shared between the federal and state governments.

He said the challenge is the redistribution of power by reducing exclusive privileges granted to the federal government.

The lawyer asked CSOs to operate tactically and unite to pressure the national assembly in amending the constitution for better distribution of powers.

 

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