Nigeria: Group Seeks Urgent Review Of 1999 Constitution

Published 8 years ago by: Peter Izu
at 2-07-2011 05:17AM (8 years ago)

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Movement for New Nigeria (MNN), a self determination group, yesterday called for an urgent review of the 1999 Constitution, saying such step will save the Nigerian project from imminent collapse.

The group which comprised of representatives of the Lower Niger Congress, the Federation of Oodua Peoples and the Middle Belt Congress, said urgent the review of the 1999 Constitution would help to address the agitations of groups such as the Boko Haram, Movement for Emancipation of Niger Delta (MEND), Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC), which it said are threats to Nigeria’s corporate existence.

The  MNN,  disclosed these at  a press conference titled ‘The Failed State Called Nigeria: Our Stand’ which held at Rita Lori Hotel, Surulere, Lagos, saying the 1999 Constitution was the root of all the problems Nigeria is witnessing today.

The meeting was attended by group’s President, Chief Fred Agbeyegbe; Secretary, Tony Nnadi; Kwara State chapter Chiarman, Yoruba Council of Elders, Senator Suleiman Salawu, Ayuba Andrew Butswat, Mr. Leye Akinmodiro and others

Agbeyegbe who addressed journalists on behalf of the group, said the present state of affairs in the country “is totally intolerable and unacceptable to us,” adding that “successive governments have breached each and every one of the foregoing provisions towards the peoples of the Lower Niger, Oodua Land and the Middle Belt, with impunity.

“We assert that the 1999 Constitution was imposed in breach of our sovereignties.”

The group’s president who maintained that they are not advocating for cessation of the country, said they have sought reliefs in the Federal High Court, Abuja and Federal High Court, Lagos, demanding declaration “that the 1999 Constitution is a forgery; that the preamble be set aside and that the Government of the day be ordered to initiate a process for the negotiation and re-enactment of our Union Document (Constitution) via a Sovereign National Conference (SNC) to which they have turned deaf ears to date. Having therefore been at the receiving end of the injustices it has meted out to us over the 12 years, we share the views of the inheritors that the 1999 Constitution is incapable of affording justice.”