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We Can’t Give You A New Constitution, Senate Tells Nigerians by dre11(m): 6:39pm On Jun 03
The Senate, on Thursday, ruled out the possibility of giving Nigerians a new constitution despite a mass campaign for it.

Different stakeholders and groups, including Afenifere, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, had called for a new constitution that will capture the agitations of many Nigerians, instead of amending the present 1999 constitution, which they said had outlived its usefulness.

They said the current 1999 constitution can not sufficiently address the socio-economic challenges currently pummeling the nation.

“There is a very simple solution to the growing insecurity in the country and that is a new constitution,” Afe Babalola, an erudite lawyer, had said.

But speaking at a national public hearing on the alteration to the provisions of the 1999 Constitution in Abuja, Deputy Senate President, Ovie Omo-Agege, said it would be unconstitutional to embark on any process to provide an entirely new law without prior alteration of Section 9 of the 1999 Constitution.

Omo-Agege said: “Now, some of our compatriots have urged that rather than amending the Constitution, we should make a new Constitution all together. We respect this opinion, and we believe it is a most desirable proposition.

“However, we are conducting this exercise in accordance with the extant legal order, which is the 1999 Constitution.


“Specifically, Section 9 of the Constitution empowers the National Assembly to alter the provisions of the Constitution and prescribes the manner in which it is to be done.

“Unfortunately, it does not make similar provision or provide mechanism for replacing or re-writing an entirely new Constitution.


“To embark on any process without prior alteration of Section 9 of the Constitution to provide the mode through which an entirely new Constitution could be made, would amount to gross violation of our oath of allegiance to the Constitution.

“In other words, it will take a new Constitutional amendment to be able to give Nigerians a most desired new Constitution. It would be unconstitutional to do otherwise.”



Ezekwesili wants a referendum for new constitution

But a former Minister of Education, Obi Ezekwesili, insisted at the hearing that production of a brand new constitution remained the only way to address the nation’s social, political and economic crisis.

She urged the constitution review panel to consider just one amendment to the law which would only provide for a referendum to produce a brand new constitution.

“The National Assembly should work with citizens to outline a new constitution Process and the Agenda for a single-issue amendment of the 1999 Constitution to allow a referendum on new constitution,” she said.

Earlier, Senate President Ahmad Lawan advised Nigerians with pressing views to build a national consensus around them to ensure the amendment of the constitution in their favour.

https://dailytrust.com/we-cant-give-you-a-new-constitution-senate-tells-nigerians

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Re: We Can’t Give You A New Constitution, Senate Tells Nigerians by nairavsdollars(f): 6:40pm On Jun 03
Wehrey pipu. Animal can't dash us new constitution

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Re: We Can’t Give You A New Constitution, Senate Tells Nigerians by temitope27: 6:43pm On Jun 03
Y can't they? Cos am not understanding

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Re: We Can’t Give You A New Constitution, Senate Tells Nigerians by Jashub: 6:43pm On Jun 03
The wickedness of our leaders is truly satanic and I fear for the future of our unborn children.

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Re: We Can’t Give You A New Constitution, Senate Tells Nigerians by NaijaRoyalty(m): 6:43pm On Jun 03
We miss Bukola Saraki

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Re: We Can’t Give You A New Constitution, Senate Tells Nigerians by Built2last: 6:45pm On Jun 03
The elite are fooling themselves.

We can't stay together.

This country will be divided.

We know that it's only Southern governors that are taking the constitutional review serious. The North knows nothing will come out of it

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Re: We Can’t Give You A New Constitution, Senate Tells Nigerians by Nobody: 6:45pm On Jun 03
LOL HOW IS THE NEW CONSTITUTION GOING TO HELP NIGERIANS.. I'M JUST ASKING?
ALL I KNOW IS THAT ANY THING OUR POLICTICIANS REJECT IS WHAT WILL FAVOR THE PEOPLE AND WHATEVER THEY ACCEPT IS WHAT WILL KILL THE PEOPLE BECAUSE OF THEIR OWN SELFISH INTEREST...
IF YOU ARE WAITING FOR NIGERIA TO BE BETTER MY BROTHER NA FOR YOUR DREAM ..

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Re: We Can’t Give You A New Constitution, Senate Tells Nigerians by PeaceforNigeria: 6:46pm On Jun 03
The Hubris of the Fulani will be their undoing . Pride goes before a fall.

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Re: We Can’t Give You A New Constitution, Senate Tells Nigerians by kayuseful: 6:46pm On Jun 03
In other words, we are just wasting time on the so-called constitution review

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Re: We Can’t Give You A New Constitution, Senate Tells Nigerians by NiceCeSi(f): 6:47pm On Jun 03
I didn't understand the twist or may be I did. Oga, disregard, in fact, throw 1999 constitution into thrash can and draft something new entirely. What is too hard to do there? What is today most important in the country? Violating a section of the rubbish 1999 constitution or restoring peace and order in the country? Like I said, may be I didn't understand the news well.

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Re: We Can’t Give You A New Constitution, Senate Tells Nigerians by slivertongue: 6:48pm On Jun 03
I said it that the nass was out to chop more money using the ploy of constitution review. bunch of never do goods

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Re: We Can’t Give You A New Constitution, Senate Tells Nigerians by Sunofgod(m): 6:55pm On Jun 03
We want a referendum....as to whether we should remain as one first!

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Re: We Can’t Give You A New Constitution, Senate Tells Nigerians by BUSHHUNTER: 7:00pm On Jun 03
We know.

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Re: We Can’t Give You A New Constitution, Senate Tells Nigerians by 900warriorz(m): 7:00pm On Jun 03
Ori yin ti daru cheesy

E Fe ri weyrey

You wanna see crazy grin

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Re: We Can’t Give You A New Constitution, Senate Tells Nigerians by nairalandankrah: 7:01pm On Jun 03
If, You can't give us a new constitution,
You can't give us restructuring,
You can't give us Biafra/Oduduwa,
You can't give us referendum,

Then you're useless, and a waste of our money..
You will be scrapped

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Re: We Can’t Give You A New Constitution, Senate Tells Nigerians by Authoreety: 7:01pm On Jun 03
Lazy senate
Re: We Can’t Give You A New Constitution, Senate Tells Nigerians by Maxymilliano(m): 7:02pm On Jun 03
So what's the essence of the whole public hearing brouhaha

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Re: We Can’t Give You A New Constitution, Senate Tells Nigerians by SARSCoV2: 7:02pm On Jun 03
Case closed!
Re: We Can’t Give You A New Constitution, Senate Tells Nigerians by eedimo(m): 7:02pm On Jun 03
Even the new constitution won't solve your problems.
Attitudinal change is the answer.

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Re: We Can’t Give You A New Constitution, Senate Tells Nigerians by adexiology(m): 7:02pm On Jun 03
Re: We Can’t Give You A New Constitution, Senate Tells Nigerians by BruncleZuma: 7:02pm On Jun 03
grin grin grin grin

Useless rubber stamps

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Re: We Can’t Give You A New Constitution, Senate Tells Nigerians by West2019(m): 7:02pm On Jun 03
Oyah bandits kinappin, should visit them one after the other

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Re: We Can’t Give You A New Constitution, Senate Tells Nigerians by philfearon(m): 7:02pm On Jun 03
Re: We Can’t Give You A New Constitution, Senate Tells Nigerians by wpadmin: 7:02pm On Jun 03
dre11:
Unfortunately, it does not make a similar provision or provide a mechanism for replacing or re-writing an entirely new Constitution.

You see this people ba. I wish another protest higher than the magnitude of end sars will erupt again. These people do not mean well for us at all. And some of you will blame IPOB for destroying government properties in the east.

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Re: We Can’t Give You A New Constitution, Senate Tells Nigerians by Reelmii: 7:02pm On Jun 03
Smh
Re: We Can’t Give You A New Constitution, Senate Tells Nigerians by janedonez(m): 7:02pm On Jun 03
Lol
Re: We Can’t Give You A New Constitution, Senate Tells Nigerians by Sebastine1994(m): 7:02pm On Jun 03
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Re: We Can’t Give You A New Constitution, Senate Tells Nigerians by zeusdgrt(m): 7:02pm On Jun 03
Yeye people
Re: We Can’t Give You A New Constitution, Senate Tells Nigerians by jirehUB: 7:03pm On Jun 03
angry

At first you’ll think the man is making sense by following due process

But if a law in the present constitution is stopping us from getting a brand new constitution, CHANGE THE FUCKING LAW ALREADY!

What’s too hard to do there?

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